Post by LilyandDaisy on Feb 18, 2021 17:40:01 GMT -8
Storm is a bit like that. He doesn't seem to know how to jump down from things so he looks in the direction he wants to fall, then lets go and hopes for the best. Perhaps he should have been a duprasi?
I just had a pup last night fall off a 3inch high inverted coconut house.
It thought - rather than slide down the house face first like a normal rodent - it would try to walk across the rim that has a hole in it for the doorway instead. Needless to say - rolling sideways off the side was the result.
Had another older female (quite a chunker) who - when I accidently dropped her brocolli on the other side of a corner piece of cardboard - kept trying to move forward when the carboard corner lifted her body up every time (they are very square). She just kept on at it - back and forth - back and forth - about 10 times before she gave up and looked up at me all confused?
Just 2 steps to the side either way - no cardboard?
I got my doops rather recently, we're still getting to know each other. One likes to be picked up, the other snaps and bites me on sight! (we are working on bonding so this stops) They're so different from each other.
They are the most adorable fascinating things. I'm still figuring out all their favourite treats and toys. They love tunnels so much.
The noise they make is pretty funny too, its a sort of screeching nails on a chalkboard sound.
Every so often I get sneak peeks of them sleeping upsidedown in their hides.
( will say their bites are not the scariest (I keep degus, any bite is tame compared to that).... the first one drew a tiny amount of blood, the second one didn't, but it was a nasty pinch)
Yes, we are trying to find out a bit more about those traits you mention now some of us have had them for some time.
They ARE very different - it really is a whole personality thing. There is no way to tell if they will be nice or grumpy (and luckily - many people seem to like them grumpy (characterful we say!).
They do indeed love tunnels - I think their natural biology is to be under something? They tend to go into tunnels of under anything (in an empty run if you hold your open hand parallel to the ground - they will huddle under it?
The screaching is something we haven't pinned down yet? It doesn't appear to run directly in families or be linked to their handling. It also isn't usually connected to them being grumpy or nipping either. They rarely ever grow out of the noise part - but they are most often fine to be handled? More data needed!
Their nips usually aren't real bites - they seem to launch-nip-retreat (back under something). Som will bite too - and some actively chase hands to bite you too - but again, doesn't seem to be something that is affected by handling as pups that we can see right now.
But all of the above can be updated as we go. The more facts you have - the clearer the details and patterns become.
So far though - it is all still fun - something ew crops up all the time!
Yes, some people say their doops really love ready-made tunnels - AND - it increase the surface area of the enclosure, and the substrate can be above the tunnels, layering up.
Dops do love to run and run though - so a series of inter-connected tunnels under the substrate - especially if they were open-sided so you could see them like a zoo mole-rat enclosure - would be awesome.
If they aren't open-sided though - you might not see your doops as much. The level of your habitat success would have gone against you!
The tubes I have are see through - they came with a gerbilarium (seriously, why? They are plastic and they have anti chew covers on the ends, but my gerbils are NOT getting their teeth into these things).
The doops seem a lot less concerned with chewing, so I gave them the tubes and loosely covered it in substrate in places. I love how they navigate them on their backs sometimes.
Ha ha - yes they are very mole-like - and I love the way - when sharing - how they will dive head first into any tunnel - even though with my eyes I wouldn't think they would fit past the other doop! But they always do...