Now the content has become very popularexotic animals in the home. One of these is the Asian chipmunk, which has become domesticated quite recently, but has already earned the love and warmth of others. In addition to the fact that these amazing animals have a charming appearance, it is still very interesting to observe their behavior and life activity. However, chipmunks are tamed rather difficult, so if you decide to get yourself such a pet, you should know all the subtleties of its content, and, believe me, they are many.
Chipmunks are rodents that relate tothe family of Squirrels. They dwell mainly in North America, except there are only Siberian or Asian, which inhabit China and Europe. Most of them live in light forests, in earthen burrows or under trees, but when they feel danger, they can climb a tree. Chipmunk likes solitude, so in captivity every animal must be provided with its own cage. There is an Asian chipmunk, a photo of which you can see in this article, in the wild about 3 years, and in captivity - 5-6 years, but there have been cases when with proper care and proper nutrition the animal lived to 10 years. In winter, they usually go into hibernation, but differ from other animals in that they can wake up, replenish supplies, and then again plunge into sleep.
This is a small animal, which looks very similaron a small squirrel. He has a pretty attractive fur coat and a long fluffy tail. The woolen cover is usually of a rusty or gray color, with five characteristic black stripes. The length of the body of the Asian chipmunk is 13-19 cm, the length of the tail is 8-12 cm with a body weight of about 70-110 g. The tail is covered with a long and thick coat. Zverek has a harsh woolen cover. A characteristic feature of the Asian chipmunk are very nice cheek pouches.
Representatives of this species conduct in the mainday way of life. These are very elegant, energetic, curious and gullible rodents who even in the wild show interest in people. Chipmunk - very clean and neat little animal, which, although it brings some trouble, but also brings joy to the masses. Also do not forget that the chipmunk in the home is very interesting, so it is not recommended to release the rodent from the cage unattended.
These exotic pets are unpretentious to care andcontent. They differ from other domestic rodents in that they practically do not have any unpleasant smell, as, for example, from hand rats or hamsters. This, of course, greatly facilitates the care of them. To bondage they get used pretty quickly and painlessly. If you still decided to get yourself such a pet, then it is necessary to create for him all the necessary conditions to make him feel comfortable and safe.
To begin with, you need to purchase a suitablecell. Chipmunks (homemade) are very fond of running, so they need a cell of considerable size - about 100 × 50 × 60 cm. It should be metal and have many sections. It is also recommended to put a wheel for running and a house where the chipmunk will sleep. It is necessary to put branches and snags in the cage. It is recommended to make a litter of sawdust, but it is also possible from hay or peat. Periodically, the house needs to be removed from the stocks, but do not throw everything away at once, as the chipmunk can get very upset.
Immediately release the chipmunk from the cage is notit is recommended, first the animal should get used, and after a couple of weeks you can already teach him to walk around the apartment. However, as mentioned a little higher, only under careful supervision. Since the animal is active only during the day, at night it will not bother you. Chipmunks homemade do not lie dormant, they just become sluggish and less active during the winter. At this time, the pet should in no case be disturbed or frightened, as a result it can become aggressive. We have already mentioned that the Asian chipmunk quickly gets used to the person, he eventually starts to take food from hand, so if you want to quickly tame your pet, use it for food.
For food, this rodent is unpretentious. Chipmunk at home uses almost all known cereals. Of course, most of all they like nuts (you can not give almonds!), Cereals, sunflower and apple seeds. Also it can be given milk products: cottage cheese and milk. Another thing to remember is that the Asian chipmunk is not fully vegetarian, he also needs to offer animal food, for example, insects or larvae, but you can replace them with a small amount of raw meat. He will gladly eat fresh grass, fruits, berries and vegetables, only citrus should not be fed often. You can not give a chipmunk plum, as their bones contain a substance that is dangerous to the animal.
Always keep fresh water in the cage. A bowl can be thrown by an animal, therefore it is recommended to install a drinking bowl, or rather a few. The chipmunk needs to put a piece of chalk, so that he chews, grinds the cutters. By the way, now it is possible to buy a special dry food practically in any pet shop and alternate it with the usual food, which diversifies the diet of the pet.
It must be remembered that the animal (chipmunk) is notloves a strong heat, in the wild it is only in the spring, when it is still cool, can soak up the sun. Therefore, in the cell you need to create special dark places so that the pet can hide at will. In the spring it is desirable even at home to provide the rodent with the opportunity to bask in the sun. It is also important to know that grabbing a chipmunk by the tail is absolutely impossible, since the skin is very thin, so it can lead to injury, as a result of which the tail will have to be amputated. Do not forget that if you do not give your pet solid food, with which it will grind your incisors, then they can subsequently grow to such an extent that the rodent may even die.
Asian (or Siberian) chipmunk is domesticatedrelatively recently, so you should beware of its bites. Even when the pet is already used to his master, he can still bite, which, believe me, is not very pleasant. If you still decide to get yourself such a pet, then carefully observe all the details described above. If the animal is provided with the right diet and optimal conditions for life, it will live a long time and will please you and your family.