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what are those things that look like giant gerbils with tails please?

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nightowl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:03:04

and what do you know about them?

WanderingTrolley Wed 15-Aug-07 17:04:02


suwoo Wed 15-Aug-07 17:04:11

Chinchillas? I want one.

charliecat Wed 15-Aug-07 17:04:16

desert rat things? sandy colour? fast and cute...that all i know!

geordiemacminx Wed 15-Aug-07 17:04:44

chincillas? they have the densest fur of any animal in the world apparently...

southeastastra Wed 15-Aug-07 17:04:59


WanderingTrolley Wed 15-Aug-07 17:05:41

They bathe in sand.

You can keep them as pets in a cage.

They will bite you if you are about 7 and poke your fingers in the cage repeatedly, despite every adult in the room telling not to do so.

<inspects 30 year old scar>

JulesJules Wed 15-Aug-07 17:06:07

Chinchillas? Look incredibly cute and fluffy, but have a feeling they are not completely STRAIGHTFORWARD as pets, unreasonable demands etc... Could always turn them into cute muffler or something if it all went wrong I spose...

nightowl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:06:47

smaller than a chinchilla and brown, bigger than a hamster. i asked the girl in the shop twice and cant remember what she said, i wanted to look them up on the internet..shirsomething?

charliecat Wed 15-Aug-07 17:07:02

thats what i was thinking jirds, spelling it GERDS wasnt helping with my googling

nightowl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:07:55

jirds? exactly like gerbils but much bigger?

Lorayn Wed 15-Aug-07 17:11:18
a degu????

geekgirl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:13:25


dh kept them as pets for years. were v. sweet but needed a tall cage with bits of tree in it.

southeastastra Wed 15-Aug-07 17:13:52


AttilaTheMum Wed 15-Aug-07 17:14:41

WanderingTrolley Wed 15-Aug-07 17:16:31

Is this it?

nightowl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:18:45

thats it wandering trolley! i knew i'd find my answer on mumsnet.

nightowl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:19:38

i think it was a shaw's jird. they are CUTE.

nightowl Wed 15-Aug-07 17:27:13

next question...

ahem, say i were to buy one of said rodent..i would need a glass tank with catproof lid. where can i get one with a good lid the cats couldn't open?

charliecat Wed 15-Aug-07 18:31:21

cats might not be thats bothered, but get 2 or more, i think they are a socialable animal.

AwayWithTheFaries Wed 15-Aug-07 20:42:15

if your getting a deagu they need pretty big cages i used to have one and they can be hard to sex they told me mine was a boy and 3 weeks later i had 6!

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