It is legal to own a squirrel as a pet in the state of Florida, and a permit isn't required. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that a cage for housing two squirrels must be 4 feet wide, 4 feet long and 6 feet high.
With each additional squirrel owned, the cage dimensions must be increased by 25 percent. Florida regulations also require the cage to be outfitted with a nest or shelter box that can house all the animals simultaneously, a raised climbing apparatus, items that provide physical stimulation and something that the squirrels can gnaw on. Items that provide physical stimulation can include balls, boxing or tubing, while gnawing items can be trees or logs.Learn More
The teddy bear hamster has a life span of 2 to 3 years, and the dwarf species of hamster has a life span of 1 to 2 years. The teddy bear hamster is the most popular type of pet hamster, also known as the golden hamster.Full Answer >
Although initial signs of pregnancy are difficult to detect, Loving Your Pet explains that pregnant guinea pigs drink more water and grow larger; however, pregnancy cannot be confirmed until the latter stages when her young can be felt through her skin. Guinea pigs prefer to give birth at night, labor lasting between 15 to 40 minutes, says Guinea Lynx. They often eat the afterbirth and placenta, hiding all evidence of a messy delivery.Full Answer >
Rodents eat a wide variety of foods, including nuts, fruits and vegetables. Rats are the only rodents that eat fish and meat, but all rodents like dog and cat food. Human trash is a good source of food for rodents.Full Answer >
The eastern gray squirrel, the type commonly seen in trees, does not hibernate during the winter, but the ground squirrel does hibernate in the winter. Both types of squirrel are common in North America, with the main difference being that the ground squirrel does not make its nests in trees, but creates burrows in the ground.Full Answer >