wildlife and pocket pets
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Life expectancy of a guinea pig
housing applied to all pocket pets?
- prefur large aquarium type tank tight fitting lids
- escape easily
- keep cage away from drafts
- need soft burrowing type material moss or shredded chopped straw
- branches with bark for gnawing
- never allow cage to get damp
some general information on handling
- always hold pets facing the handler so leaping always results in atatchment to clothing
- a face cloth a hang towel for restraint and one hand body restraint
- nail trims are very inportant in captivity
general information to be applied to feeding:
- fresh fruit and hay daily
- green stuffs, lettuce, kale
- items to chew
gerbils life expectancy
hamsters life expectancy
rats life expectancy
mice life expectancy
what four questions should you ask yourself about personal safety when attempting to capture wildlife
- how long have you watched it?
- does the animal appear injured (blood, dragging leg or wing)
- is it a dangerous location? (driveway or roadway)
- is there a dead adult or sibling nearby?
how do you treat a bat in a home?
make a bat house on the side of the house so the bat has a safe place that will not do damage to the original structure
how to stop birds from roosting in homes or bad places?
- exclude from area with netting
- remove all flat surfaces
- install wire laid in paralell rows on any roosting surface
- use noise repellents
bury wire to prevent burrowing
why do we need to prevent contact?
inportant to health and wellness of both the animal and us. for the animal there is concern of habitation and for us there are many diseases that are carried by wildlife
of animals see humans too often they become used to them and no longer follow the normal instincts of being afraid. this is adaptive behaiviour and can occur in animal
what are the most dangerous and common diseases to be caught from wildlife?
- racoon roundworm
how to stop coyotes
- penning or confinement of lifestock
- electric fences
- dispose of trash
how to stop deer
deter house mice
- maintaining holes and exterior walls
- remove food sources
control insect populations in lawns
deter prairie dogs
crop rotation and alternate planting
protecting flowers and vegtables: fence the area
exclusion is only permanent solution for racoons
remove attractions such as a garbage and pet food and available crawl places
what are 4 DO's of transporting?
DO-place the animal in a secure cardboard box with small holes in the sides be big enough to turn around in and have a blanket in the bottom
DO-keep box in warm place
DO-if the animal is injured cold or featherless/hairless put a heating pad on low under half the box
DO-try to get an animal help as soon as possible
What are the 4 DONTS of transporting?
DONT- keep looking at the animal and handling it
DONT-put green grass under the animal, it takes the heat out of them and is toxic to rabbits
DONT- dont give any animal anything to eat or drink
DONT-dont handle raccoons, skunks, fox or bats!
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