Rodent Pets: A Comparison
Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Take a look at the differences and similarities between popular rodent pets, including gerbils, Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats. Compare their size, lifespan, and native areas.
|Length*||4–6 in.||10–11 in.||3–5 in.||2–3 in.||6–8 in.|
|Lifespan||3–4 yrs||4–6 yrs||2–2.5 yrs||1.5–2 yrs||2–3 yrs|
|Native area||Africa, Asia||South America||Asia, Europe||worldwide||worldwide|
|Fun fact||is a very good digger||squeals like a pig when excited||has poor eyesight but keen hearing||its heart can beat 700 times a minute||can swim underwater|
*not including tail