Agouti

Dasyprocta punctata Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Likes to have hide box to feel secure Lots of enrichment to keep busy, food scatter, browse, scents, dirt pans to dig in, large water pools to play in. Diet Requirements Variety of fruits (apple, coconut, mango, pineapple, pear, grape, orange), vegetables(cucumber, zuccini, brocoli, sweet potato, celery,…

Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat

Dipodomys merriami Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Kangaroo rats need dust baths to keep their fur clean Diet Requirements In the wild, kangaroo rats eat seeds, vegetation, and insects. Their diet will vary seasonally, with more vegetation in the summer and more insects in the winter. In captivity, this species is given seed mix,…

Domestic Rat

Rattus norvegicus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements At the Seneca Park Zoo we house our rats socially. However, we only ever house females. So I am not sure what would happen if males were housed socially. The social housing works well and the rats often sleep together in a group. The exact space requirements…

Naked Mole-rat

Heterocephalus glaber Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Naked mole-rats have a natural instinct to tunnel and are able to chew through most materials over time. They may be contained in glass or plastic-walled cylinders (like clear PVC pipes) or cubes (like glass tanks) as long as they can’t get their teeth around any edges…

Damaraland Mole-rat

Cryptomys damarensis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Mole-rats have a natural instinct to tunnel and are able to chew through most materials over time. They may be contained in glass or plastic-walled cylinders (like clear PVC pipes) or cubes (like glass tanks) as long as they can’t get their teeth around any edges and…

Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig Latin Name Cavia porcellus Order: Rodentia Family:  Overview A common pet, Guinea pigs are familiar to most guests. They’re surprised, however, how trainable they are. They are easily presented in hand, on tables, or even trained to do A-Bs across stages (which is always a hit!). This is also a great, entry-level animal…

Fat-tailed gerbil

Pachyuromys duprasi Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Possibility of aggression between individuals. Be prepared to house them separately Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips on Handling One facility reported…

Degu

Octodon degus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Must have stout metal housing – degus will quickly chew through anything plastic. Degus are very active; a running wheel is a must, and a decent level of rotational enrichment will also keep them from chewing everything apart. Ideally, use a mesh running wheel or “flying saucer…

Prehensile-tailed Porcupine

Coendou prehensilis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Provide ample space for climbing with lots of climbing structures/perching. Although the animal seems to be inactive and sleeping during the day and may lead to the assumption that they are not active, they are more active at night so provide an enclosure and enrichment to satisfy…