If you are thinking about getting Steppe lemmings then you may have already realized that there is very little by the way of information on the internet about caring for the lemmings as pets.
If you are thinking about getting Steppe lemmings then you may have already realized that there is very little by the way of information on the internet about caring for the lemmings as pets. They are still classed as an exotic animal in some parts of the world and owning them as pets seems to be rather rare. However, they do make for delightful play creatures and with the right care and attention can be a long and fulfilling pet.
First of all you need to find something to put your lemmings in before you actually buy them. Steppe lemmings and lemmings in general are amazingly fast and the greatest escape artist out of all the animals and you cannot keep them in the box that you are given them in by the pet shop for very long. My two pet lemmings managed to nibble themselves clear of the box in about 30 minutes and getting them back together was a complete nightmare.
It is better to get a glass tank for your pet lemmings as the wire ones that you normally get for small rodents will have the wires spaced too far apart and therefore the lemmings are likely to escape rather quickly. You can get hamster cages that are solid at the bottom with just the wire at the top and these are OK, in fact, I have my pet lemmings in a tank like this and they haven’t managed to escape yet as they cannot actually jump that far.
When it comes to substrate for the tank or cage, sawdust is needed. There should be around ten to fifteen centimeters of sawdust and then another few centimeters of hay on top. This provides both bedding material and also a source of food for your pet lemmings and will also give them something to burrow into and play around in.
Toys are great to keep your pet lemmings amused and the simplest thing that you can provide for them is a few toilet roll tubes that are ready to be thrown out. This is a great way to recycle and your pet lemmings will have hours of fun, running through them, under them and also nibbling on them as well. You can add a wheel and this will give them some exercise and if you have more than one pet lemming, (which you should do) they will often race on it together.
When it comes to working out how many pet lemmings you should get, you can have a colony of around sixteen lemmings with no problems. Mixed sexes can be had but caution is needed unless you want to have baby pet lemmings. You will also need to have considerably more females than males; otherwise they will fight to the death. The best thing to have is two females as they will play together with just the odd squeak when they fight, which is not that often.
As long as you provide your lemmings with the right food, substrate and enough things to play with and get exercise from, you shall soon find that pet lemmings are hilariously funny and will provide hours of entertainment!
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