When you think of small pets, the first things that generally come to mind are mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs - anything cute, cuddly and furry. If you are in the market for a small pet, and want something unusual, you might want to consider a hermit crab.
Why would I want a crab, you say? Crabs aren't cuddly, you can't play with them, and all they do is walk funny. Right? Wrong! Hermit crabs are low maintenance, and easy to care for. They're perfect for small houses, apartments, even dorm rooms.
The American Chinchilla originated in France in the early 1900s. They were an overnight success because of their beautiful coats, which made them highly prized for fur production. The unique three-tone hair gives their coats a beautiful dimension. The first Chinchillas were very small, at 5-7 pounds, and were eventually bred up for size until they became what we know today as the American Chinchilla, an ideal dual purpose meat and fur breed.
American Chinchillas are inquisitive, intelligent and very laid back. When I bought my first doe, I asked the breeder how she could manage to get this one so tame when she had hundreds of rabbits. Her answer was, “I don’t.” This breed is naturally so calm and mellow, that the doe I bought would come right up to me and let me pet her.
Listed as critically endangered by The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the American Chinchilla is in need of some preservation efforts. This is why I have chosen this breed to begin my own rabbitry, and I would encourage others who are interested in raising rabbits to give the American Chinchilla a close look.
If you're thinking about buying a small animal for a pet, you might consider getting a sugar glider. Here are a few things you should know about sugar gliders before buying one.
Sugar gliders are marsupials. They are in the same family as kangaroos, opossums and Tasmanian devils.
They are native to Australia, Tasmania, Indonesia and New Guinea.