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How to keep degu: type, lifespan, price summary

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Degu has become popular as a pet because of its rat’s peculiar squat appearance and easy-to-remember personality, and the number of occasions at pet shops dealing with small animals is increasing. Because they are relatively affordable, have a long life, and have high intelligence, they can live together for a long time with abundant communication such as “getting sweet” and “learning tricks”. Many people prefer to keep them. The same rodent hamsters have long been popular as pets, but they are often unsuitable in a similar breeding environment and require a good understanding of the nature and habits of degu. Here is a list of recommended information you should know about raising Degu. Please try to prepare for a new family.

What kind of animal is Degu? Introducing ecology!

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Degu is a family of rodents belonging to the rodent Deguidae family. It belongs to the same rodent and has a longer tail than a golden hamster that is popular as a pet, and has a body that is one to two times larger. It is about 12cm to 20cm in length, not including the tail, so it’s easy to imagine a size that fits in both hands. If your teeth are yellow, white may indicate poor health or illness. The common coat color is dark yellowish brown and is called “agouti”. It is hair of a color like rodent agouti of the same name. Chile’s mountainous regions are native and completely herbivorous and are basically grossly eaten because they live in harsh environments. They are intelligent in rodents, and they fondly love them for their affection. On the other hand, you need to be careful because you may be alerted if bad memories such as excessive communication are implanted because of their high intelligence and their ability to learn.
Individuals with high learning ability may learn simple tricks by building reliable relationships, so it is recommended to try them. In the wild, because they live in small herds, it is considered desirable to rear more than one when rearing them. When breeding alone, do not give loneliness with appropriate communication.


How long is Degu’s life?

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Degu has a lifespan of 5-8 years in captivity and may live for more than 10 years depending on the individual, and is said to have a relatively long life as a small animal. It is said that they cannot live in a wild environment for two years, but it seems to be caused by predation from natural enemies due to the environment where there are relatively few hidden places, such as mountains. Degu has a very low sugar metabolizing ability, so giving fruits etc. often causes “diabetes”, so special attention is required. Beware of malocclusions, which often occur in rodents, where the teeth are not well engaged. It is because the teeth wear is reduced by biting the metal gauge by the stress or by biting only the soft one. It is important to provide a suitable breeding environment for degu.

What is the price for buying Degu at a pet shop?

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The price of Deguo varies greatly depending on the color, and it can be purchased from 6000 yen to 10,000 yen for Agouti color normal. In most pet stores, it is written as “Degu”. On the other hand, colors such as blue and pied (patched) are traded at least 10,000 yen at least. Weak, overgrown, and nostalgic individuals tend to be unsold, and many pet shops that deal with small animals can be heavily discounted.

What is Degu’s call? Noisy? Introduce with video

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Degu squeals loudly, but its loudness is relatively small, and it is not enough to be heard in the next room even if bred in an apartment. However, there are differences in loudness and frequency of singing depending on the individual, so some individuals keep screaming constantly. Due to your high learning ability, be aware that if you communicate too much with the call, such as getting food when you call and getting out of the gauge when you call, you will often beep.

What kind of degu?

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Degu distributed as pets in Japan is mainly classified into three types according to the color and pattern of the hair. Depending on the pet shop, the classification method and name are also different, and some stores are unifying the notation as “ Degu ”, while others are classified according to color such as “ Agouchi ” “ Blue ” “ Pied ” There is. It doesn’t seem to be a zoological classification.

Agouti color

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A type with dark yellowish-brown hair, called “agouti color” or “normal color”. The tip of the limbs and the top and bottom of the eyes become white like an eye shadow, and are more noticeable than other types in relation to the color of the body hair. Agouti Color is derived from the color of Agouti’s hair, a rodent of the same name, and is often used on small animals with brown hair. It is the color of wild Tegu as it is without breeding, and it has relatively few problems such as smaller body and weaker body compared to other types. Most of these are sold at pet stores as general degu. The price of Agouti Color is from 6,000 yen to 10,000 yen, and sometimes even cheaper, and it is the cheapest of the degu types.


Blue collar

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“Blue collar” is a type of hair that is characterized by bluish gray hair. There are individual differences in the darkness of gray hair, and it varies from thin individuals to dark individuals. Perhaps because of the breed improvement for pets, the body is relatively smaller than Agouti color, and it seems that many individuals have soft hair. In addition, it is said that there are many relatively calm individuals in comparison with Agouti color. The breeding method is the same as Agouti, but it is recommended to pay attention to physical condition management. As a child, the gray color is weak and may be mixed with brown like agouti color, but as the child grows up, the gray color takes root. “Blue collar” depends on the color of the body hair, etc., but many individuals are sold for 10,000 yen or more, and some are sold at a price of about 20,000 yen.

Pied color

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“Pied color” is also called “patched color” and refers to the type of hair that has a mottled or bristle pattern as it stands for “pied” in English. Individuals with mottled patterns in agouti color are classified as “ agouti pied ”, individuals with mottled patterns in blue color are classified as “ pied color ” if there are patterns, etc. The appearance varies greatly depending on the individual. In Japan, it is rarer than the other two types, and it is an expensive type sold for over 15,000 yen. There is also a “white pied color”, which has a high proportion of white body hair, and is rare, starting at 20,000 yen, and may exceed 40,000 yen depending on the individual. Individuals with unique patterns tend to be expensive, and there are many lovers.

What is Degu’s food?

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Research is currently underway on the nutrients and optimal diets required for degu, but at present, the “degu food” seems to be the optimal diet in a breeding environment. Degu is completely herbivorous and inhabits mountainous areas, so in the wild, it lives on simple plants (eg grass) and water. Life in the wild is often less than two years, and pasture and water alone can cause nutrient deficiencies. Foods made from dried vegetables and fruits have a high sugar content, and there is a risk of diabetes as mentioned above, so we recommend using pelleted foods made with pasture. Avoid raw vegetables and fruits. Deguo often becomes unable to eat other foods after becoming accustomed to its highly preferred food, so many owners struggle to change their food. Be careful with the food you feed first.

Degu personality. Do you treat me as a pet?

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Degu is one of the most intelligent in rodents. In the wild, one or two males and several females form a flock to live a social life. Since she has high intelligence, she learns the owner’s behavior by communicating according to her name and how she calls. It is said that it is easy for people to remember because of his curiosity. Basically, you can learn by using bait, so call out your name, call out, and teach them how to feed. However, avoid having excessive communication, danger, and fear, as they also have the timid nature of many small animals. It is strictly forbidden to pull out where you are hiding in the nest with caution at the start of breeding, or grab from above so as to remind you of being preyed by natural enemies. Learn the situations and causes of vigilance and fear, and be careful not to miss the owner in some cases. The point is to adjust to Tegu’s pace, not to be disliked or at the owner’s pace.

Does Degu smell?

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Degu has a habit of bathing in the sand and keeping his body clean. There is a sand bath space inside the gauge, so you don’t have to worry about body odor. It is said that it is herbivorous and has relatively little smell of manure. However, leaving it in the gauge increases the smell, so regular cleaning is required. Of course, leaving food and drinking water unpleasant will cause unpleasant odors.

What you need to keep Degu as a pet

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  • gauge Degu has a lot of momentum, such as jumping and running around because it lives in mountainous areas, and the gauge needs to be wide and high. The multi-stage gauge for small animals is also recommended because of its size. Avoid painted objects, assuming that the gauge will be gnawing.
  • Gnawing tree Rodents have a habit of biting around, so attach a bite tree. The length of the teeth is also adjusted, preventing chewing on metal such as gauges, which also prevents malocclusion. It also helps to prevent you from falling from high places in the gauge. Choose a wooden one with no paint or decoration.
  • House Provide a place for Degu to sleep in peace. I recommend simple wood as well as gnawing wood. In winter, the heating effect can be enhanced, and in summer, the air conditioner can be used to prevent overcooling.
  • Sand bath container and sand Degus keeps your body clean by bathing in the sand. There is space for sand bath in the gauge, which helps prevent odors and diseases. Sand baths and sand for small animals are sold and can be purchased on the mail order site.
  • Other Let’s prepare a wheel for exercise as well as a container for food and food and drinking water exclusively for Tegu. Useful for exercise deficiency and stress relief.


Summary of Degu

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Degu, which is easy for people to enjoy and has a relatively long life, has been increasingly sold at pet shops and has more opportunities to breed. However, it is no different from other pets in that they need to understand their character, nature, and habits and need a suitable breeding environment. If you put affection on it, you will miss it, but if you treat it roughly, you will be cautious and will not miss it. Take the responsibility of preserving your life and try to have a fun life with Tegu.

-アニマル, 趣味

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