At the latest since the “Chipmunks” movies more and more people would like to have the agile croissants at home. As with every animal, the purchase has to be well considered beforehand. In contrast to guinea pigs and co., chipmunks are small exotic animals and therefore require special housing conditions. They can be kept as pets, but there is a lot to consider.
Things to know about chipmunks in the wild
The chipmunks and chipmunks weigh 80 to 150 grams over a length of 20 to 25 centimetres. A good half of their body length can be the tail alone. They are at home in North America and Asia and live there in the wild for eight years without any problems. Chipmunks live in loose colonies, in which each animal has its own territory. They defend its precinct with bitter fights and go again separated ways also after the combination immediately again.
Underground they build tunnels and chambers in which they sleep and eat. On the menu are fruits, vegetables and grains, but also insects.
This is how chipmunks are used as pets
The animals are day active, so you can actually watch your croissants play and climb. And that’s exactly what you’ll do with a chipmunk as your primary pet: watch it. They are not suitable as cuddly animals and playmates, as they rarely become tame and do not seek closeness to humans on their own. Who wants to bring his own small “Chipmunks” gang home, will be disappointed: A single keeping is due to the natural life structure of the rodents no cruelty to animals, but the rule.
If you want to keep two animals together, you need a huge cage that can be separated in case of doubt.
The right person for a chipmunk: Are you suitable?
Chipmunks are well suited as pets for quiet people with lots of space, because in addition to the large cage (at least two square meters of floor space and two meters of height) they also need regular exercise. It’s also good if you like to do handicrafts, because the croissants are happy about a large selection of hiding and climbing possibilities in their enclosure. They can be kept both inside and outside, but they don’t like cigarette smoke or loud noises.
However, they don’t mind the hustle and bustle of their surroundings.
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