Chinchillas are very fun pets to have and easy to care for, but there is a lot of false information out there, especially on the internet and sometimes from pet stores, so make sure to see a veterinarian regarding proper care, caging, bedding and diet before buying all the "wrong stuff."
- Life Span: 10 – 18 years
- Environment Temperature Range: 60F - 75F
- Body Temperature: 97F – 100F
- Gestation Period: 111 days
- Litter Size: 1 – 5 (range) 2 (average)
- Weaning Age: 6-8 weeks
Ferrets are inquisitive, lively and charming little creatures that have captured the hearts of thousands of people around the world. They have an average lifespan of five to seven years with the current record being 14 years. The scientific name Mustela purorious furo means “little smelly thief." Ferrets are the domesticated form of either the Eastern or Western European polecat. They have been domesticated since at least 300 BC and were originally used for rodent control and to hunt rabbits. The majority of ferrets in the world today are kept as pets either in the house.
We will discuss the general care requirements of the ferret as well as some of the diseases you should be aware of. There are also several fine books available on the subject of ferret care.