When we hear the name of Guinea pigs, the first thing that comes to our mind is the cute, adorable animals. These are puffy, funny creatures that are truly a treat to have as a pet. They will keep you interested and would be your perfect friend in this unsettling world. The scientific name of Guinea pig is Cavia Porcellus and are usually called cavy. Know a little more about these cuddly and clever animals in the following interesting facts about Guinea pigs.
Well don’t just go on the name. Guinea pigs are not really pigs and they do not come from Guinea. They originally come from Andes Mountains of South America. They are tail less rodents with stout bodies.
2. Need doses of Vitamin C
3. Need to chew regularly
Guinea pigs have small triangular mouth, which contain 20 teeth. Unlike other rodents, they keep on growing teeth continuously for which they need to chew or gnaw constantly from growing them too long.
4. Useful little animals
These are not just great pets but in South America, these are quite useful especially as food source. They are also used for customary medicines and in religious ceremonies.
5. Guinea pigs eat their own shit
So, they are not as adorable as we thought because these creatures eat their own droppings, usually directly from below which is called coprophagy. This is normal in some species of animals.
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6. Born with preparation
Baby guinea pigs are born precocial, which means with all their hair, open eyes and fully functioning teeth. And within few hours of their birth, they start running and can eat solid food. Impressive!
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7. Love to socialize
8. Intelligent and attention seeker
9. Lots of bones in tiny animals
Looking at these tiny little creatures, we can only assume they have few little bones. But to our surprise a guinea pig have total of 258 bones in their body. But they are fragile little ones who have to be handled very carefully.
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10. Are not too much into sleeping
11. Grooming is important to them
Guinea pigs believe in social grooming and for this they regularly self-groom themselves. Their eyes secrete a milky white substance which they rub into their hair for self- grooming.
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12. Wide vision with 340 degree
13. Happy purring means they love you back
14. Assists Doctors to diagnose the right place of disease
Doctors in the Andes Mountains of South America use guinea pigs to find illness in people by putting them against the sick person. If they squeak close to a body part, doctors know where the disease is.
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15. Weird toe numbers
16. They can get nervous easily, so handle with care