Geoffroy's cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) is a wild cat native to the southern and central regions of South America. It is about the size of a domestic cat.They are nocturnal and a solitary hunter. They are at the top of the food chain in its range and preys primarily on rodents, hares, small lizards, insects, and occasionally frogs and fish. They weigh between 4 to 11.0 lb. Males are usually larger than females. Life span is 10-15 years in captivity.
Degus (Octodon degus) are found in the lowland areas of Chile in South America a degu is a small rodent that is closely related to the guinea pig and chinchilla. Degus are very social, inquisitive animals and can be very vocal. The overall size for a degu is 5 to 7 inches and they may live up to 7 years in captivity. A good diet consists of a combination of hay and pellets (guinea pig, rabbit or commercial rodent block). Care should be taken when handling a degu as the tail is very fragile and can be shed. Once lost, the tail will not regrow.
Hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) inhabit a wide range across a variety of climates and terrains in East Africa. They eat ground-dwelling insects, other invertebrates, and they are quite opportunistic and are known to feed on carrion, birds’ eggs, and any lizards, snakes or other small animals that should happen to catch.They are nocturnal and live 4-8 years in captivity.
Acacia rats (Thallomys paedulcus) natural habitat is in areas with Acacia trees in Africa. They are medium sized with very long brown tails and a dark black line encircling their eyes. They typically have light grey fur. They have a lifespan of 3-5 years and can live in same or mixed sex colonies.
Acacia rats are excellent climbers and extremely active; a large arboreal cage should be used.
Diet should consist of a base seed mix, various fruit, veggies, and insects.
Persian Jirds (Meriones persicus) are large relatives of the Mongolian gerbil. They are from the Persian Desert Basin. They are omnivores and nocturnal. They like to live in groups in the wild. Their lifespan is 5-7 years.
The African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) is the largest porcupine in the world. It lives in hilly, rocky habitats in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Italy. They are nocturnal and eat tubers, fruits, bulbs, and bark. They live in tunnel systems in small family groups. They can live up to twenty years.
Pygmy mice (Mus minutoides) are found throughout Africa, south of the Sahara desert. The pygmy mouse has a brownish red coat with a white underbelly. The body of an adult is approximately 2 to 3 inches in length with a tail of 1 to 2.5 inches. Pygmy mice have a high rate of metabolism. A good diet consists of a combination of seeds, nuts,fruits, veggies, and rodent block.
Pygmy mice cannot tolerate temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You must be careful when handling them. They live up to 3 years in captivity
Egyptian spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus) are found throughout parts of Africa, India and the Middle East the Egyptian spiny mouse is a small rodent that has a possum-like face and a calm temperament. Their spines can be black or tan and the overall size for a spiny mouse is 5 to 7 inches. Spiny mice may live up to 5 years in captivity. Care should be taken when handling a spiny mouse as the tail is very fragile and can be shed. Once lost, it will not regrow. They have an omnivorous diet.
Dwarf Spiny Mice (Acomys spinossisimus) are similar to the Egyptian spiny mice. Their diet is the same. A big difference is their tales do fall of very easily.
Flying squirrels are members of the rodent family and are native to the United States. They are nocturnal but will interact some during the day. Flying squirrels are omnivores. They don't actually fly, but glide through the air.