Top Ten Rodents to Keep As a Pet

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The Top Ten

1 Gerbil Gerbil A gerbil is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Once known simply as "desert rats", the gerbil subfamily includes about 110 species of African, Indian, and Asian rodents, including sand rats and jirds, all of which are adapted to arid habitats.

I love gerbils ever so much! Such cute and adorable companions! I know they are not the cuddling type but their ever so fun to play around with! They should be number 1 on this rank!

They at absolutely the best pet in the world! so adorable! Every time I come and call their names the pop out of nowhere and start wanting to play! Yup there adorable fluffy friends!

I love gerbils! They r the best!

Gerbils are ever so cute! I mean... they should be on the top since they are extra fun to play with... and some gerbils r very cuddly! They love to explore and it may seem hard to handle them but I say just forget about the hard work just play with them and handle them ( like Guinea pigs are really the ones to cuddle with which is fun but I would prefer gerbils because they bite and scratch less than guinea pigs... don't get me wrong, I like guinea pigs too). AH! sorry.. just a gerbil lover coming through!

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2 Guinea Pig Guinea Pig The guinea pig, also called the cavy or domestic guinea pig, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.

No, they suck and stink!

Guinea pigs are cool! Long living, (unlike a lot of rodents) tiny and sweet! My sister used to have some!

Guinea pigs rule the wild!

Guinea pigs are the best for a pet in the world!

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3 Rabbit Rabbit Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.

Shame

They are lagomorphs not rodents though lagomorphs are very closely related to rodents.

Rabbits are order lagomorpha be ashamed of your mistake

Rabbits are not rodents. They are small mammals in the family leporidae of the order lagomorpha. - DUTCHlioness

4 Hamster Hamster Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 25 species, classified in six or seven genera.

Russian dwarf hamsters are the best!

Hamsters are very cute. I had a dwarf. Dwarf hamsters are the cutest ones. Especially the Siberian dwarf hamsters (winter whites) but the Campbell's are also cute. Syrian hamsters are not as cute, but they are more cuddly. Chinchillas are nice. Rats are also a great pet and they should be higher. But mice too are amazing pets! So are gerbils!

5 Mouse Mouse A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.

Cute

6 Rat Rat Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

Rats are so cute! I've been researching them for a couple weeks now as I'm thinking of getting some!

Rats are the best pets ever, on petsmart there is a rat starter kit that is so op and hamsters are duh

They're so cute. Petbests

Cute

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7 Chipmunk Chipmunk Chipmunks are small, striped rodents of the family Sciuridae. Chipmunks are found in North America, with the exception of the Siberian chipmunk which is found primarily in Asia.
8 Chinchilla Chinchilla Chinchillas are two species of crepuscular rodents, slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels. They are native to the Andes mountains in South America and live in colonies called "herds" at high elevations up to 4,270 m.
9 Degu Degu The common degu is a small caviomorph rodent endemic to the Chilean matorral ecoregion of central Chile. The name "degu" on its own indicates either the entire genus Octodon or, more likely, O. degus.

They are amazing - Lukerower

10 Capybara Capybara The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. It is a member of the genus Hydrochoerus, of which the only other extant member is the lesser capybara.

The animal is a legend

Capybaras should be up more!

CUTE

The Contenders

11 Beaver Beaver The beaver is a primarily nocturnal, large, semiaquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver and Eurasian beaver. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges.

They are the best 4 water

12 Ferret Ferret The ferret is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.
13 Squirrel Squirrel Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents.

Make sure it's a rescue though.

14 Coypu

Don't just buy one, if you want one, rescue one and if it can't go back to the wild, give them a home.

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