Degus have the scientific name – “Octodon Degus”. Their expected lifespan typically is between 5 and 8 years, although reports of Degus living up to 10 years are not very rare. Degus are about 5 to 7 inches long when they are fully grown. If you include the tail, they can be twice as long as that.
Degus are rodents native to South America that are increasingly becoming popular as household pets. Think of them as a larger and social version of the Syrian hamster with similarities to Chinchillas. Degus make great pets for those that want a clean and easy to look after animal that you can keep in the confines of a Degu cage.
Degus are extremely social creatures and they can be very tame and friendly towards their human owners. In the wild, degus live in communities and they live in a elaborate burrow networks. Degus should be kept together with other degus, in small groups or in pairs. They are curious and playful animals and without any social interactions or chance to exercise they can become neurotic and aggressive. Degus are active during the day and sleep at night( diurnal) – Making them excellent pets for humans.
Degus need large habitats in order to exercise and increase happiness. A typical set-up for 2 Degus would have a minimum of 25 inches x inches x 25 inches (tall). Larger cages are definitely better for Degus as with any pet rodent as it can discourage aggressive behaviour. Cages or habitats designed for Ferrets or Chinchillas are ideal.
Much like Chinchillas – Degus need regular sand baths in order to keep their skin and coat healthy. You should provide your degus with a heavy ceramic bowl in order to house their sand to prevent them from tipping it up.
As with all pet rodents, degus should be provided with a substrate or bedding material to line the bottoms of their cage. The purpose of this substrate is to soak up urine, remove smell, and allow your degus something to dig in. A good substrate to use is wood shavings however you should avoid cedar and pine shavings because they can cause breathing problems to your pet degus.
Degus love to chew and their teeth are constantly growing (just like hamsters). It is very important to provide them with opportunities to chew and keep their teeth nice and trim. You can give them wooden chew blocks, or cardboard toilet roll tubes which make excellent cheap chewing utensils for your pet degus. Another good option is a salt, or mineral block designed for pets can be attached to their cage walls.
Robo dwarf hamsters are very little and fast. They could run over 100 miles in just one day. If you go to a pet store, you will find Robo dwarf hamsters running on a spinning wheel. That’s the reason they are known as very active dwarf hamsters.
They can grow as much as 2 to 2.5 inches in their adult age. They are mostly found in Russia, China and even in Kazakhstan. In the wild, they live on fruits, vegetables, and even small quantities of meat and insects. When they are kept as pets, their lifespan could range from 3 to 4 years.
Robo hamsters’ Color variants
Robo dwarf hamsters usually come in two main colors:
Whiteface Robo dwarf hamsters
As the name suggests, the main characteristics of Whiteface Roborovski dwarf hamsters are that they have a white face. They can also be referred to as husky hamsters.
Agouti Robo dwarf hamsters
They are very similar to the Whiteface Robo dwarf hamsters except the fact that they have a very light brown color with gray roots.
There are many other colors available for Robo dwarf hamsters, but they are rare. One example could be Platinum Roborovski dwarf hamster. You can choose from many cute hamster names for robos due to their character. The platinum robo hamster is quite similar to the Whiteface Robo dwarf hamster except the fact that the color can go once they age. Some other colors like red-eyed and pure white Roborovski dwarf hamsters can also be found in pet stores.
Once you understand information about your Robo dwarf hamster, it’s time to learn how you can tame them.
Special tips to tame your Roborovski dwarf hamster
Make sure to handle it only when it’s in an active stage. Robo dwarf hamsters are awake and active in the early morning and evenings.
In early stages, dwarf hamsters could show sign of fear and nervousness for your attempts at taming them.
Make sure your dwarf hamster is old enough to tame. Give it some time to grow before trying to tame it.
Make sure it comes to you rather than you go to it. Robo dwarf hamsters are very selective in giving their affection. Once they understand you completely, they will themselves come to you.
Use a cup or something that they can roll so that they can use it as a rolling hamster wheel.
In order to tame it, Put your hamster in a box which is not as high as the hamster could run through it. And it should not be as low as your hand could not going to it.
Do not try to force something on your hamster. Always try to offer something. Let it remain on the hamster whether he likes to take it or not.
Play with it daily so that it can become easier to tame.
Try to tame your hamster in multiple sessions rather than just one.
Try to keep patience when working with a Robo hamster. In the long run, your
Robo hamster will understand that you are not a threat but a friend.
Robo dwarf hamsters are lovely and wonderful creatures. It is very necessary to tame them to make them a viable pet. The process of taming will take time.
Ensure that you have patience and endurance of doing so. Do not force something that the hamster doesn’t like. It will become friendly to you in a long run.
Syrian hamsters are much larger than the smaller Dwarf species of hamster therefore they are need much more room to house them and their large hamster wheels. Dwarf hamsters, being much smaller can live communally in small groups or in pairs therefore they need more room per hamster. According to besthamstercage.com – Dwarf hamsters can become aggressive to each other if they are housed in small hamster cages therefore the bigger the better with dwarfs. Another way to reduce risk of territorial aggressiveness is to provide dwarf hamsters with multiple hamster wheels to prevent them from getting jealous with each other.
Habitrails or Crittertrails
Hamster habitats made of plastic are becoming increasingly popular for use as hamster cages. They are made with brightly coloured plastic and are modular in design that can be connected up with tubing. These are not the best option for dwarf hamsters because they are usually small on their own, and joining them up via tubes can encourage territorial behaviour. Dwarf hamsters are best off living in wide open spaces to discourage them becoming territorial and aggressive. On their own Habitrails and Crittertrails are far too small for Syrian hamsters, but they can offer a great add-on to a main hamster cage. Another factor to consider when choosing one of these types of hamster habitat is how escape proof they are. Due to the nature of their design, they present lots of nooks, cranny’s and gaps in order for your hamster to escape.
The most common type is the traditional hamster cage. These cages consist of a plastic tray of varying depth covered over by a frame of metal bars allowing access with a small door. These offer great ventilation for your hamster however sub-par visibility compared with glass. If your hamster is a bar gnawer this may present a problem if your hamster cage is in your bedroom. Hamsters are nocturnal animals and come out at night so their bar gnawing might disrupt your sleep. Metal cage bars are good for fixing cage accessories such as hamster wheels to. Metal bar cages can also give your hamster the opportunity to make a mess on your carpet because some cages have quite shallow plastic trays allowing your hamster to dig and kick substrate out of the cage through the bars. Bar cages offer fantastic ventilation for your hamster and great air flow.
Aquariums or Tanks
Tanks are a great option for hamsters because they offer fantastic visibility for your pets as well as providing your hamster with a great source of natural lighting. Glass tanks are very heavy and can provide problems when you want to move the tank around for purposes such as cleaning your hamster out. Tanks don’t offer the best ventilation especially with their lids they come with. You will have to create a DIY tank topper made of mesh in order to give your hamster ventilation. Good ventilation is essential to dissipate ammonia caused by hamster urine. There are plastic tank habitats available primarily aimed towards hedgehogs and guinea pigs such as the Zoo Zone range of habitats.