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Ameena
148485.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:05 am Reply with quote

I think all hamsters can probably do that - I've certainly seen Syrians do it.

 
jaygeemack
152974.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:32 am Reply with quote

Look up 'Boring' in the Yellow Pages, and it says 'See Civil Engineers'.

 
Mulvil
153019.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:31 am Reply with quote

Whats a scientists main form of contraception......their personality ;)


The front of hamsters teeth are made from stronger stuff than the back and its because of this that they get that chizel shape (because the back wears away quicklier (that should be a word but isn't) than the front)

Same is true of a lot of rodents.

Hamsters probably also have a diastema which is a gap between the front teeth and the back ones

 
Ameena
153023.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:35 am Reply with quote

I'm not sure about other rodents (though logically it should be true of them), but rats have a little flap of skin that comes down between their incisors and the rest of their teeth to prevent them swallowing bits of whatever they're gnawing through at the time. Oh, and (can't remember if I've said this before, but) rats also can't vomit. Or burp. But I've read that they can fart and I swear I've heard one of mine do so...when he was sitting on the back of my chair, right by my head :P.

 
Sprauncy
155104.  Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:29 pm Reply with quote

That's true, that rats can't vomit. It's why they're so easy to poison.
I've read in many places that pet rats (I have pet rats too!) should have a block of something to chew, to keep their teeth a good length. However, none of my rats have ever had overgrown teeth, and don't really show an interest in chewing anything. And then I read somewhere alse that rats actually don't really need to chew things, like other rodents, because they grind their own teeth down. Like when they brux.

I don't think fish are very interesting. You've seen one fish, you've seen them all really. They eat, breed, lay eggs, then die. ...Is there anything more to the life of a fish?

 
samivel
155107.  Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:35 pm Reply with quote

Swimming.

 
Ameena
155134.  Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:22 pm Reply with quote

Yeah rats keep their teeth down by bruxing, and also just by eating hard food - Reggie Rat is my brand of choice (Supreme pet food is a good brand in general), and of course that consists of crunchable things.
Giving ratties something hard for their claws is advised, though, if they don't generally get to go on any hard surfaces. My Fuzzbutt (yeah, Fuzzbutt-singular..since January :() has a brick, which I normally put under the water bottle so he's likely to stand on it often to have a drink. His claws aren't too bad.
Hmm better stop myself before I delve ever deeper into waffling about gorgeous fuzzbutts... :D

 
Sprauncy
155608.  Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:00 am Reply with quote

I'm sorry your rat is now single. :( I had a single rat not long ago, and she was single for a long time. It's sad, because they learn to depend on each other.
My rat has a log outside his cage, which he sometimes walks on. He does have quite sharp claws though.
I only have one rat at the moment, because I 'adopted' him from a girl who didn't want him anymore. I assume she'd never had raths before because of the state of his cage when he arrived. She was scared that he'd bite her again, because he once bit her badly. He's still a bit nervous due to lack of handling, but he's never bitten me so I must be doing something right!
So we're all agreed that rat's aren't boring in any way, they are really quite interesing. And cute!

...Swimming is boring.

 
Ameena
155611.  Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:13 am Reply with quote

Yeah, rats never bore - they dig or gnaw instead ;).

 
Jannurst
196033.  Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:36 am Reply with quote

Hans Mof wrote:
Quote:
Sorry Dr Bob I still can't work out the "G" for any rodent....Gice, Gat, gerret, I'm sorry but you've lost me there );


G-rat ed?


a Guinea Pig is classed as a rodent

 
ali
196063.  Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:04 am Reply with quote

You could also have a gopher or a gundi.

 
feynmanMH42
253220.  Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:01 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
Sponges are quite boring (unless they're cartoon sponges of course) and this one is even called the "yellow boring sponge" (Cliona celata). Condemned out of its own mouth I would say.



Disagree. Sponges are the simplest animals in the whole animal kingdom, and they provide a link between single-celled protozoa and multicelled animals with organs and systems.

For a start, their cells are so loosely integrated that if you feed a sponge through a fine muslin net the cells will fall apart and then re-assemble again.
Their bodies are basically a whole bunch of cells linked by chemicals with little differentiation (that's the way cells specialise and form into tissues and organs.) Their only real systems are a reproductive system to keep the species going, a digestive system (which is really just a big sac with enzymes) and in some species a kind of skeleton (minerals forming over the cells and making supporting structures known as spicules.)

Sponges are very closely related to a single-celled organism called choanoflagellates (collared cells). These cells look very similar to the cells in a sponge's body. They can also form clusters and colonies that look a little like sponges themselves. Perhaps choanoflagellates and sponges represent a stage in evolution that led from single celled organisms to true animals.

 
Blackpool Rule
270990.  Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:37 pm Reply with quote

Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.

Fish were well established long before dinosaurs roamed the earth.

There are over 25,000 identified species of fish on the earth.

It is estimated that there may still be over 15,000 fish species that have not yet been identified.

There are more species of fish than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined.

40% of all fish species inhabit fresh water, yet less than .01% of the earth's water is fresh water.

The spotted climbing perch is able to absorb oxygen from the air and will crawl overland using its strong pectoral fins.

Some fish like sharks don't posses an air bladder to help keep them afloat and must either swim continually or rest on the bottom.

Some fish make sounds by grating their teeth and others like some catfish make sounds from their air filled swim bladder.

Some species of fish can fly (glide) others can skip along the surface and others can even climb rock.

Fish have a specialized sense organ called the lateral line which works much like radar and helps them navigate in dark or murky water.

The largest fish is the great whale shark which can reach fifty feet in length.

The smallest fish is the Philippine goby that is less than 1/3 of an inch when fully grown.

Some species of fish have skeletons made only of cartilage.

Fish have excellent senses of sight, touch, taste and many possess a good sense of smell and 'hearing'.

Fish feel pain and suffer stress just like mammals and birds.

Tropical fish are one of the most popular pets in the U.S.

95% of tropical fish mortality results from improper housing and nutrition.

Many tropical fish sold in the United States are harvested from the wild in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

 
samivel
271045.  Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:28 pm Reply with quote

If you're going to cut and paste facts from elsewhere, can you at least provide a source please?

 
dr.bob
271131.  Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:35 am Reply with quote

Blackpool Rule wrote:
Fish have excellent senses of sight


Apart from the ones that don't:

http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/characins2/a/blindcavefish.htm

Honestly. That's about as useful a statement as "mammals have excellent senses of sight, touch, taste, yadda yadda yadda".

Yes, some do. Then again. some don't.

 

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