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Degus as Pets

Degus (also known as Octodon degus or brush-tailed rat) are rodents native to central Chile. They are closely related to Guinea pigs and Chinchillas. Degus are small rodents with a body length of about 27cm and they are typically weighing about 170 – 400 grams. Degus typically have brownish yellow fur on their tops, and creamy yellow fur on this underside. They have long thing tails with a black tip. Their ears are dark and sparsely furred, and they have pale grey toes. Degus have cheek teeth that are shaped like figures of eight. This is why they have the name “Octodon”. Degus are highly social animals and love to live together. In the wild they construct complex burrows where they hide away from predators and store food.

What do degus eat?

Degus are herbivorous and are adapted to high fiber diets. In the wild they mostly feed on wild grasses, leaves, shrubs and seeds.

Do Degus make good pets?

After Degus were used as scientific research subjects, degus have become well known and popular as household pets. Degus hold many advantages of traditional household rodents including bubbly fun personalities, and a long lifespan. Degus can live upto 13 years if they are kept in ideal good circumstances

degus pets

degus pets

 

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Replacing Brake Pads

The braking system is the most important systems of your car, and a properly working braking system will  certainly improve your ability to bring the car to a stop quickly. This will ensure the safety of your vehicle’s operation, keeping passengers and other drivers on the road protected. Of course, this is highly dependent on the material quality used as there is a significant difference between them. The average cost of replacing brake pads is $150 per axle but it generally ranges from $100 to $300 per axle.

Before the 1970s, brake clutches, shoes and pads were made of a material similar to asbestos. This was chosen for it’s ability to dissipate heat easily. Asbestos had to be replaced because of the hazardous asbestos dust that people were breathing in so manufactures found other materials that delivered a high friction coefficient and flexibility to be molded into brake pads.

Estimating the brake pad replacement cost

The biggest factor you need to consider when estimating the cost of your brake pads replacement service will be the material quality you want. There are lots of different types of material used to create brake pads, and many of them can be more harder wearing than others. I recommend that you ask about which parts will be used when you phone up the auto repair shops.it is a good idea to also ask about which other components will be replaced along with a brake service. Brake service prices vary from auto repair shop and what kind of car you have. Luxury brands command a premium.

brake pads

brake pads

It is important to replace your car brake pads regularly when they become worn out in order to maintain their effectiveness and keep you and your passengers safe. The brake pad replacement cost is dependent on the materials used and the labor costs. You can buy premium quality brake pads that cost more money or you can go for budget pads that will not last as long.

 

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Dwarf hamsters

Dwarf hamsters are smaller hamster friends that are native to Mongolia, China and Russia. There are 3 types of Dwarf hamster – Campbells Russian Dwarf, Siberian Winter White Dwarf and the Roborovski Dwarf hamster. Chinese hamsters are considered a “mouse or a rat” like hamster. Dwarf Hamsters can live together in small groups, and they are more active then the Syrian hamsters. Dwarf hamsters have short periods of activity throughout the day.

Syrian Hamsters vs Dwarf Hamsters

Dwarf hamsters are much smaller than the Syrian hamster and as such need to have special consideration when choosing a hamster cage for them to live. They are capable of squeezing though some bar widths, especially the Roborovski dwarf hamster which are very small and very fast.

Most species of Dwarf are social animals and do best when living with a cage mate or in some circumstances small colonys. Fighting can occur if they become territorial or become cramped in poor conditions with other hamsters, so it’s important to give animals plenty of space.

campbell dwarf

Campbell Dwarf Hamster

1) Campbells Russian Dwarf or commonly called “Campbells” is the most common dwarf hamster to find in a pet shop. The Campbells are closely related to the Winter White and as such, can reproduce together to create hybrids. This is not recommended due to genetic defects and poor quality litters. Campbells have a reputation for biting compared to other Dwarfs such as the Winter Whites, however with proper training and good upbringing this should not be a problem for owners. Campbell’s dwarf hamsters typically have narrow dorsal stripes compared to the Djungarian (Winter White) hamster and grey fur on the stomach.

2) Winter White Dwarf (Djungarian) most commonly called “winter whites” They resemble the Campbells hamster only they have 3 stripes that run down their backs and they can change to a white coloring in the winter but in captivity they don’t always get this winter coat. They are also harder to find in pet shops than the Campbells dwarf hamster. There are three types of Winter White hamster –

  • Normal
  • Pearl
  • Sapphire

3) Roborovski Dwarf hamster or called “Robo Dwarf Hamsters” are the smallest of the dwarf varieties and they are also hard to find in a pet shop. Robo hamsters have not been domesticated as long as the other dwarf species. Roborovskis are very fast at running and very small making them unsuitable for pets for small children. They are more of a ‘look at’ pet.

4) Chinese hamsters are often lumped in with the Dwarf species even though technically they are not Dwarf Hamsters. They look like Mouse-Hamsters. There is a lot of confusion online with regards to their nature as solitary or communal animals. It is accepted they are difficult to live together and fighting is frequent.

Facts about Russian Dwarf Hamsters

  • The typical Dwarf Hamsters life span is up to 3 years
  • Dwarf Hamsters are herbivorous and can eat animal and vegetable matter
  • Campbells and Winter White hamsters can pro-create and give birth to hybrid baby dwarf hamsters