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Just what the title says. We've been pruning back our crape (crepe) myrtle trees and have many good width straight pieces. Does anyone know if these would be safe for the rats to use as branches to climb on or as chew toys? I would let them dry out for a long time first of course... I'm curious about this as they are listed as safe on a bird perch wood list I found, but I haven't found anything about rats or rodents using them to chew on.

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Great question and I'm glad you asked this so I can learn what woods are safe, too! :)

Myrtle wood is listed as being toxic in this link: http://exoticpets.about.com/od/RatSupplies/fl/Safe-and-Toxic-Woods-For-Rats.htm

Besides being toxic, I'd be concerned about parasites and/or mold in the wood. This link has information on how to sterilize wood that's considered safe for rats to chew: http://animals.pawnation.com/woods-bad-rats-chew-6223.html

If it were me, I'd only feel safe buying wood that's being sold specifically for pet rodents. Even then, I like to check the type of wood to make sure it's on the "safe list".
 
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