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PostSubject: Good Cavy Articles   Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:27 pm

Please post here links of the cavy articles with information about health, body, food and such on.

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PostSubject: Re: Good Cavy Articles   Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:19 am

Wikipedia offers great information about guinea pigs including breeds, handling, feeding, cages and much more. Here's a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_pig

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PostSubject: Re: Good Cavy Articles   Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:24 am

This article was retrieved from my University (Kaplan University)


Most cavies have short, rounded, squat, and fat bodies. Their large heads are one-third their body length. Two large ears that hear very well sit on top of their heads. Most cavies do not have tails. The mara or Patagonian cavy is different from other cavies. It looks more like a rabbit. Maras have long ears like rabbits, long legs for jumping, and short, stumpy tails. All cavies, including the mara, have strong feet and sharp claws. They all have coarse fur which is gray, brown, black, or white.

Maras are the largest cavies. They are between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 feet (46 to 76 centimeters) long. Their tails are about two inches (five centimeters) long. Maras weigh between 15 and 20 pounds (six to nine kilograms). All the other cavies are smaller. They measure between 1/2 and 1 1/2 feet (15 to 46 centimeters) in length. They may weigh as little as 10 ounces (283 grams) and as much as two pounds (one kilogram).

Most cavies are nocturnal (active at night). Cavies live in a variety of South American habitats such as different types of forests, grasslands, and plains. Some cavies, such as rock cavies, can climb rocks and trees with skill. The salt-desert cavies live in dry, barren, areas where they live under bushes. Most other cavies live on the ground in burrows. They usually live in groups of up to 15, but some gather in groups of up to 40 animals. Cavies do not hibernate in colder temperatures.

Cavies are herbivores. Herbivores are animals that do not eat meat but eat vegetation. Cavies eat herbs, grasses, and leaves. It is not known what animals eat cavies.

Cavies appear to mate at almost any time of the year. Gestation (duration of pregnancy) is 50 days for some cavies and 75 days for others. Female maras are pregnant for about three months. Female cavies give birth to one to four young, depending on species. The young are well-developed at birth and can take care of themselves after only five days. They are mature and able to mate after one to three months. Males and females do not stay together beyond the time of mating, and so males do not help raise the young. Cavies do not form permanent families or social groups.

The life span of cavies is three to four years in the wild and up to eight years in captivity.

Source: Encyclopedia of Animals

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PostSubject: Re: Good Cavy Articles   Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:46 pm

Great summary. I thought Capybaras were the biggest cavies??? I learn something every day!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Good Cavy Articles   Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:11 am

Smile Thank you, wikipedia has some great articles.

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