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    sure Finch, feed them to a python [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]
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    Oh man! I didn't like that reply [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] But I guess snakes have to eat too,but when I bred my rats,I stopped them by not putting the males and females together.Not by feeding them to snakes.*Niki*
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    BTW TheAlphaWolf,rabbits teeth DO grow their entire lives.My friend breeds all sorts of rabbits,and I have one that I have to take to the vet to chissel his teeth down cause they grow.My other friend has two rabbits and also has to take them to the vet to chissel their teeth down.So yeah rabbits ARE rodents,lol.They aren't closely related to rodents,but they ARE related.*Niki*
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    Rattler, unless you want more babies in a few months, put dad in a separate cage (this is also a good idea to prevent biting.) Chinchillas can and will breed immediately after childbirth. Also, I'm told more than three litters a year is more than most chins can healthily bear, so keep that in mind. Make sure you have a big enough sleeping house for mom and the kits (another important part of preventing biting.) Weaning takes place after six or seven weeks, and once the kits have been separated from their mother, they may overeat for a while, so their diet and droppings should be monitored. The kits may already be getting into mom's solid food, which is normal and healthy, but you should make sure she has plenty of hay and pellets. The kits will reach sexual maturity in four or five months, and I think you can sex them after three. I hope that helps some! Your local exotic vet should be able to help you, too, as chinchillas are becoming fairly common pets.
    On a side note, just because something is classified in an order with one group doesn't mean it's more closely related to that group than any other. Taxonomy is a human invention which has no bearing on the actual relations of critters. As for chinchillas being rodents or lagomorphs, taxonomists have been debating moving them in to lagomorpha since the 80's, but it's not an easy choice to make - some professionals have even suggested adding a new classification, if I remember correctly.
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    thanks for the info seedjar. like i said these two had been together for over 2 years and no kits, this lil one really surprised us. as to seperating the male out its a bit difficult at this point. we gave them a large cage with no thoughts of having to seperate them. he behaves himself so im just going to leave him for now. if Chimi winds up pregnant again right away, we will divise some way to keep him seperated which im sure will break his heart. as to eating moms food he has been nibbling at their hay already. i couldnt believe how fully formed he was, eyes are open and he was hopping around from day one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]So yeah rabbits ARE rodents,lol.They aren't closely related to rodents,but they ARE related.*Niki*
    just like humans are related to monkeys but we're not monkeys. (APES ARE NOT MONKEYS! argh! that has to be a big pet peeve of mine.)

    They differ from rodents in that:

    they have four (not two as in rodents) incisors in the upper jaw;
    the male's scrotum is in front of the male reproductive organ;
    the male reproductive organ has no bone as does the rodents'; and
    they will re-digest first time feces to obtain the most from their plant diet.
    They resemble rodents, however, in that their teeth grow throughout their life, thus necessitating constant chewing to keep them from growing too long.

    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagomorpha
    hmm... I wonder why I thought their teeth didn't grow constatnly.
    and don't guineapigs eat their own poop too?
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    I don't know if guinea pigs eat their poop.I had one when I was young but I can't remember if it did or not.But I know my rabbit does.There's some sort of nutrients in there right?But then again my 5 month old puppy still eats poop [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] *Niki* [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    lol. I heard puppies are supposed to grow out of it. I wonder why they do it... isn't it for some sort of dominance thing?
    I have a guneapig but I've never been able to see if he eats his own poop or not.
    The reason they eat their poop is because they can't digest the plants very well so they need to digest them again. other animals bring up food and chew it again :P I would rather bring up food than eat my own poop but oh well :P
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