Domestic Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus Order: Lagomorpha Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Rabbit hutches are a traditional way to house rabbits but make sure that if you are housing in hutches that you provide a place to get off of mesh (shelf or solid section of flooring) and provide a weather resistant nestbox or area of the hutch that…

North American Beaver

Castor canadensis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements 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   Potential Messaging Plastic/Styrofoam – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Conventional plastic and Styrofoam (That’s pretty…

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…

Chinchilla

Chinchilla lanigera Order: Rodentia Family: Chinchillidae “Chinchilla”’ means “little chincha.” Chincha is the South American Indian tribe for which the animal is named. “Lanigera” in latin means “woolly,” although the thick fur of chinchillas is not wool. They are closely related to viscachas, rodents that look very similar to rabbits. Overview With proper rearing and…

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…

North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Cheyenne Mountain Zoo NA porcupine exhibit with American kestrel Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) has had great success with two porcupines exhibited together. We had a 2 year old and introduced a 10 month old. We did not know their gender until a few months after the intros and…

Mexican Dwarf Hairy Porcupine

Sphiggurus mexicanus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Zupreem Primate, sweet potatoes, carrots. In the wild, these porcupines prefers fruits and seeds, but they also eat leaves and buds. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips…

Cape Porcupine

Hystrix africaeustralis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Very good diggers; need concrete or chain link under dirt to allow digging behavior but prevent escape. Live in burrows; need a nestbox or cave. Expect chewing on any chewable surfaces. Food and water bowls should be metal or concrete. Branches or small logs for chewing are…

African Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Avid chewers require proper flooring and cage material. Thick gauge caging and sealed concrete floor recommended. 10′ x 8′ recommend size for a single animal. Diet Requirements Will eat anything. Any fruits, any vegetables, rodent block, omnivore biscuit or leaf eater biscuit. Root vegetables and fruit are high…