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.
Fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) is native to the deserts of North Africa. These foxes are omnivores, feasting on a variety of prey as nighttime hunters. They enjoy insects, rodents, snails, lizards, plants, fruits, roots, and eggs. They usually weigh three-four pounds. Their lifespan in captivity is 10-13 years. The fennec is the smallest fox species.
Libyan striped weasel (Ictonyx libyca) range is northern Africa. This mustelid will release an odor from its anal glands when it is attacked or under stress. They are usually silent, but will produce a loud growl/shriek when alarmed. They are carnivorous and mainly eat small mammals and birds, but also eats snakes and insects. They live 5-7 years in captivity.
The Patagonian cavy or mara (Dolichotis patagonum) live in the Pampas of Argentina, a vast, treeless region made up of grasslands and brush lands. They eat lots of grass, hay, some fruits and veggies and need a lot of vitamin C which can be found in most guinea pig diets. They live 10-14 years in captivity.
Short-tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica) are found mainly in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Chile. Short-tailed opossums are pouchless marsupials. The young are born very small and clamp themselves to a nipple after birth. In the wild, they eat insects, fruits, and vegetable matter. A mature short-tailed opossum will reach a body length of about 4 to 6 inches. In the wild, short-tailed opossums live up to 2 years; in captivity, they can live 3 to 4 years old.
Cusimanse (Crossarchus obscurus) is a small dwarf mongoose. They live in west Africa. Cusimanse are primarily carnivorous feeding on crabs, insects, small reptiles and rodent. They also enjoy berries and other soft fruits. They live for about ten years in captivity.
Small spotted genet (Genetta genetta) live through out Africa. Genets have retractable claws, very long tails, and are agile climbers. Genets are carnivores and in the wild eat small rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. They can live from 8-13 years in captivity.
Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) live throughout North America. Virginia opossums are extremely opportunistic feeders. These animals eat a variety of foods including vertebrates, invertebrates, plant material, fruits, grains and carrion. They can live three to four 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 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, pellets, seeds, and 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.
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.
Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are small, omnivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to the marsupial family. The common name refers to its fondness for sugary foods such as sap and nectar and its ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel. They are from Australia.
Lesser tenrec(Echinops telfairi) are nocturnal. Tenrecs are found in the arid regions of southern Madagascar, where they live in dry forests, coastal regions, scrub and semi-desert areas. In the wild tenrecs are opportunistic feeders and will forage on the ground and in trees for invertebrates. They will also eat some other small animals, such as baby mice. They can live for up to 8 to 13 years in captivity.
African Pygmy Dormice (Graphiurus Murinus) are incredibly quick and agile. They have an average lifespan of 4-6 years. They like to live in groups in the wild. They eat a variety of fruits and nuts. In the wild they also eat pollen and nectar.
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