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Degus or Jirds

Degus or Jirds

Postby stevef » 20 Jan 2012, 07:14

Anyone seen Degus or Jirds as pets in Taiwan? Would they let them be imported?

More info:
http://www.erodent.co.uk/DegusIndex.htm
http://www.erodent.co.uk/PersianJirdIndex.htm
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Re: Degus or Jirds

Postby zender » 20 Jan 2012, 07:33

A pet store will sell you a gerbil for NT$50. :neutral:
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Re: Degus or Jirds

Postby stevef » 20 Jan 2012, 09:18

For the same NT$50 I could get a Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle and it would be smarter than the gerbil and live longer...
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Re: Degus or Jirds

Postby Pingdong » 20 Jan 2012, 20:05

have not seen them as pets, but we have wild "mice" here that are very much liek Degus, though wild are faster.

I know people who have "domesticated" rodents, usually by breeding them and hand raising the babies.

the ones here have big black eyes, fairly furry tails with a slightly furrier tip. size is between a rat and a mouse. obviously disease is a consideration, and you would need to spend money at a vet who will likely think you have escaped the padded room, but if your really fixing: Formosa Degu
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Re: Degus or Jirds

Postby stevef » 24 Jan 2012, 09:16

It says here they are from Chile http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Degu

That they are genus Octodon. I don't offhand find anything from that genus in Taiwan.

They sure look cute http://wn.com/Octodon_degus

I am guessing though that they aren't allowed in, because if they got loose they'd overrun the island.

However, the do look a bit like the Taiwan vole, Microtus kikuchii.
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