The word 'rodent' is derived from the latin word 'rodere' which means 'to gnaw'.
Guinea pigs are extremely good swimmers but cannot climb
Queen Elizabeth I had a pet guinea pig
The name "ferret" is derived from the Latin furittus, meaning "little thief," a likely reference to the common ferret penchant for secreting away small items.
A hot rat will lie on his back as it can only sweat through his feet
The word ‘hamster’ comes from the German word ‘hamstern’ which means ‘to hoard’ Degus have yellow or orange coloured teeth
As a natural defence against predators, degus can lose their tails if caught by them
Chinchillas can’t sweat, but they expel excess heat through their ears
The first gerbils were introduced in 1964 and were a Mongolian species Gerbils were once simply called ‘desert rats’
Mice have an average of eight to ten babies a litter
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