Guinea pigs have an average lifespan of five to seven years. They're typically easy to handle and rarely bite, even when stressed. As social animals, they do well when kept in same-sex pairs. They have somewhat demanding diets, requiring fresh hay and veggies, as well as adequate amounts of vitamin C.
Similar to rabbits in appearance, chinchillas are active and playful animals. They are largely nocturnal and prefer a quiet spot during the day. They don’t tend to like being held, as they would rather be moving and exploring. But many still can learn to enjoy the company of their caretakers.
The African dormouse is a tiny, squirrel-like rodent that’s highly entertaining to watch. But because they are so quick and agile, they need a very secure habitat to prevent them from escaping. They require a roomy enclosure, such as a 20-gallon tank, with ropes and other items they can climb.
Native to Chile, degus are quite social animals that live in communities of up to 100 in the wild. They do well housed in same-sex pairs or small groups in captivity. These rodents are easily tamed when handled from a young age, and some even enjoy cuddling with their caretakers.