They have an average lifespan of about 8 years and yes with early interaction can be very lovely pets, they love cuddles and be handled but tend to tell you when they are bored and want to play again, play time with your rat is important thats the best way to gain its trust (to an extent) they come for food happily and because they have terrible eyesight rely on their sense of smell. they have a habit of licking hands (well every GPR i have met has)
they are omnivores like the domestic rat but they need a higher protein content, they suffer similar illnesses to the domestic rat as well, and if you have them in the same room can catch IR from an ill domestic rat, adding fish or fish oil to their diet is ment to help/prevent ringtail and skin complaints, we have not had a problem (touch wood) by adding some fish to their diet once a week.
wow. i've wanted a gambian for so long. but i can't seem to find breeders and from what i've read about them i need more space for them first. that and it seems its very difficult to find a breeder for them and to get them into canada from the US (the only breeder i found was in california). where did you get your's? what's different about them then the small pet rats? do you need to have same sex pairs to keep them happy? i've read that they are more solitary and that males don't tend to like other males. is this true?
They are illegal now in North America to be bred or sold in any way shape or form however. They are one of the species involved with the monkeypox scares. So if you didn't have one before the ban was put in place, you are not going to be able to get one. (Unless you move to Africa.)
Im from devon in the UK so no monkey pox ban over here (not that im rubbing it in or anything)
Yes they are better solitary or in a breeding pair, males are very territorial, Huge cage is recommended, i use huge dog crates here they are ideal and easy to clean other people use ferret cages BUT they have very sensitive feet so you must have a solid base and ladders
you can adopt a GPR (not quite the same i know) they are so inteligent they help sniff out land mines in africa heres some more info on it
I was reading up on these just the other day! They are gorgeous to look at, i didn't know many people had them here in the UK! I heard they make great pets, but also read about some temperament issues as they hadn't been domesticated for that long. I know how bad rat bites are so i wouldn't want to risk my fingers with one of those giants!!!
Saying that, i wouldn't say no to one if i had the space
I just watched a video, i think maybe on you tube, of a someones GPR going to the bathroom on the toilet. it didnt flush but it hopped up. did its buisness. and then got down off the Lou! It was huge, hence he reason it didnt fall in. but it was hysterical. I heard they are VERY smart!
they're sexing this female, so it's kind of an awkward pic, but it shows size well:
babies! OMG they're so fat i luff them:
EDIT: what does a baby GPR look like? i.e., how old were yours when you go them? (can you tell you're somewhat of a novelty here?) do you own regular rats too?
knew a kid who bred chinchillas, they sell for like $200 each so it was a good business. they're RIDICULOUSLY soft so there are of course, also chinchilla jackets (takes like 50 of the poor things) and purses, ew. but i figured i'd throw them in cuz i'm bored and it's late and such.