Did You Know?
• Guinea pigs have only three toes on their hind feet and four toes on the front feet.
• A female guinea pig can come back on heat and be fertile within 2 hours of giving birth – hence it is best to separate the male and female prior to the birth!
• Guinea pigs (like humans) must eat food that contains Vitamin C – other animals are able to synthesise their own vitamin C. Without enough vitamin C in their diet, guinea pigs will develop scurvy.
• Guinea pigs and rabbits produce two types of faeces – one firm pellet that you clean out of their cage and another softer stool that is eaten directly from the anus. Ingestion of this softer stool or caecotroph is thought to aid in the absorption of certain essential dietary amino acids and vitamins.
• A guinea pig pregnancy lasts around 63 days and results in 1 to 5 babies.
• A mouse pregnancy lasts 21 days and can result in anything from 3 to 18 babies.
• Rats and mice with pink eyes have very poor vision compared to their darker eyed mates.