A:Pet guinea pigs typically need their nails clipped regularly by their owners or veterinarians. Otherwise, the nails continue to grow and either break off or curl under painfully. Their nails wear down naturally only if they spend a lot of time on hard, rough surfaces such as brick or concrete.
A:Beavers are semi-aquatic mammals that live throughout most of North America. Beavers are most noted for their exceptionally long teeth and their flattened, paddle-like tails. Beavers use their long teeth to obtain food and to fell trees for the construction of dams and lodges.
A:Squirrels twitch their tails as a signaling device to indicate that they are uneasy or suspicious. A squirrel's tail is one of its primary sources for communication with other squirrels. Their tails are also used for balance and protection.
A:A guinea pig squeaks for a variety of reasons, the main ones being excitement and anticipation. This type of squeaking, also known as wheeking, typically occurs when the guinea pig is hungry or knows that it is about to be fed. It usually happens when the animal hears the refrigerator open or if it sees the container that holds its food. Squeaking also occurs when the guinea pig wants attention.
A:Red squirrels have been classified as an endangered species because their numbers have declined due to the spread of the North American grey squirrel that brings the virus parapox, which is deadly to native red squirrels, according to the Young People's Trust for the Environment. Moreover, larger grey squirrels directly compete with them for food and nesting sites.
A:Distinguish a male raccoon from a female by observing their size in relation to one another and their social behaviors. Males are 10 to 30 percent larger than females. The male Cozumel raccoon is further distinguished from the female by a large tuft of orange fur around its neck.
A:Gophers are burrowing rodents that range in North and Central America. There are a total of 37 species of gophers, nearly half of which live in the United states. One such species, the plains pocket gopher, grows up to 12 inches long.
A:Even though they are tiny, measuring 2 to 3 inches in body length and weighing only about 1 ounce, common house mice can jump as high as 1 foot and can traverse up to 13 inches of a vertical wall. They can also swim ½ mile.
A:The origin of the term "guinea pig" is uncertain. It perhaps comes from English speakers using the location Guinea to mean a vague, foreign land and the animal's resemblance to small pigs. Guinea pigs are native to the Andes and not from any location named Guinea past or present.
A:Squirrels are opportunistic omnivores, but the bulk of their diet is made up of seeds, nuts, shoots, fruits and leaves. Occasionally, squirrels will predate upon lizards, snakes, worms, birds, eggs or insects. Squirrels are equipped with very long incisors that help them to gnaw into the tough shells of nuts.
A:It is acceptable to feed a hamster mild cheese in moderation. When feeding a hamster new food, it is important to introduce the food slowly. Feeding too much of a foreign food to a hamster too early can upset its stomach and possibly cause diarrhea.
A:Squirrels eat all kinds of nuts, including acorns, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts. The types of nuts squirrels eat depend on what's typically available in the habitat they occupy.
A:Field mice are herbivores that prefer to eat any vegetables, seeds or fruits that are in season. If their preferred foods are not available, they may also eat tree bark, roots or, if they live near a farm, whatever crops the farmer happens to be growing.
A:Chipmunks are diurnal and rely on sunlight and their specialized vision to detect moving shadows as a main defense. Chipmunk eyes aren't equipped for night vision, but they can see in the dark and aren't totally blind.
A:Mice are able to fit through small holes due to their small body size. Contrary to popular belief, mice do not have collapsible skeletons. A mouse's small size and flexible vertebrae are what allows it to fit into small holes and cracks.