By Anna Meredith, Sharon Redrobe
The British Small Animal Veterinary organization (BSAVA) handbook of unique Pets has been a attempted and depended on good friend through the years. There at the moment are many extra non conventional pets and either proprietors and veterinary surgeons have greater expectancies of medical deal with those species. it's in contrast heritage that this new version is released. All chapters were thoroughly revised and up-to-date through 30 foreign experts.
The BSAVA handbook of unique Pets, 4th version covers a longer species diversity, together with the degu and sugar glider. It additionally has extended chapters the place info is now in higher call for, comparable to for the chinchilla. extra chapters crew jointly medical anatomy and radiography of the foremost teams.
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Libycus, the duprasi or fat-tailed gerbil Pachyuromys duprasi (see Chapter 10) and Shaw's jird M. shawii. This chapter refers to the Mongolian gerbil. Mongolian gerbils originate from the semi-desert regions of Mongolia and northeastern China. In the wild, gerbils live in large family groups of around 20 animals, with one dominant male and female. They dig deep burrows consisting of several chambers for nesting and food storage, with multiple entrances. Environmental temperatures can vary from -40°C in winter to >50°C in the summer.
They store food over winter in burrows. In captivity they may be fed commercial rodent mixes (one tablespoon per day) with added fresh fruit and vegetables, such as lettuce, apple and carrot (Brain , 1999). Hay may also be provided. For occasional treats, raisins , melon seeds and sunflower seeds should be given . Gerbils eat over a 24-hour period and are coprophagic. Sunflower seeds are high in cholesterol and low in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium. Gerbils often eat sunflower seeds to the exclusion of other foods.
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