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We do not breed Duprasi.

THE DUPRASI
(FAT-TAILED GERBIL)

The Duprasi (or Fat Tailed Gerbil) is about 3-4” long, has a thick soft coat, a pointed snout and a fat, almost club-like tail. Not only do the Duprasi get their name from this tail, but they also get nutrients from it. They store nutrients in the tail the same way that a camel does with its humps. They originate from North-western Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.
Average life-span in captivity is 5-7 years.

DUPRASI AS PETS

Duprasi are relatively new to the market. The Duprasi make great pets, especially for the beginner. They almost never bite and they are very calm to handle. Duprasi sleep most of the day and wake up early evening.

HOUSING

The Duprasi’s requirements are similar to its cousin, the Gerbil. A 10 gallon aquarium provides adequate accommodation for one Duprasi. Duprasi are great diggers and fully exploit a deep layer of wood chips.

BEDDING

Hardwood chip bedding, such as aspen is the best. CareFresh Pet Bedding or Pine bedding will also work as long as it is not dusty. The dust can cause upper respiratory problems. NEVER use cedar shavings, as cedar contains phenols, which can cause severe irritation to a Duprasi.

ACCESSORIES

Duprasi are great diggers and fully exploit a deep layer of wood chips. It is also recommended that a house for sleeping, a wheel for exercise.
Duprasi need something to chew on. Their teeth are always growing and without something to chew on they will end up with overgrown teeth and they will not be able to eat. Small blocks of softwood and hardwood, cardboard tubes (paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, etc), card paper, etc are great.

HANDLING

The best way to pick up a Duprasi is to either scoop it up in your hands or to let it walk up into your open hand. Never pick up a Duprasi by its tail. 
The
Duprasi sense of smell is very good, keep this in mind when you go to handle it. If you have just been eating, your hands smell like food. To a Duprasi, your finger smells like the potato chip you ate 10 minutes ago, and it may try to eat your finger! Don't worry, it usually realizes that your finger isn't food. If you have anything on your hands that give off an offensive odour, you may not even notice it, but the Duprasi will and it may bite in reaction to the smell. Always remember to wash your hand first. As they say "first impressions", well a Duprasi first impression of you is your smell.

BUYING A DUPRASI

Whether you are buying a Duprasi from a pet store or a breeder, you should ask questions, even if you know the answers from your own research. This will tell you how knowledgeable they really are. If they don't know what they are talking about, buyer beware! If they don't want to give you any information or want to help you, buyer beware!
Check out their facilities carefully. Look for overcrowding, dirty cages, unhealthy animals, smell the air. If the animals are overcrowded and/or the cages are dirty, be very cautious about buying a Duprasi. There shouldn't be any sickly animals in sight, any good breeder/pet shop will have a "sick" room for any animals that aren't up to par. If the establishment/breeding facility has a very strong odour, be very careful, even if it looks clean, the smell is coming from somewhere. Any place, that has animals, will have a smell to it. The larger the facility, the stronger the odour. They just can't clean as fast as the animals do their business. But if the odour is overpowering, then there might be something else under the surface, use caution.
Check the health of the animal before you buy it and handle it. If they won't let you handle it before you buy it. They may be hiding something, WATCH OUT! Handling the Duprasi tells you how tame it is and you have a chance to check its health. Look for discharge from its eyes and nose, sneezing, wet rear end and firmness of body. If it has any of these conditions or its body appears thin, don't buy it. Don't even consider another Duprasi from the same cage as the other Duprasi may also have the same problems. The Duprasi you choose should be bright eyed and interested in what is going on without being too nervous. There eyes and nose should be clear, the rear end dry and the body firm to the touch.
If possible, check references. Referrals from other satisfied customers will tell you a lot about that breeder's/pet shop's quality of animals, their care and concern for the animals well-being, their "customer service" and how much information they are willing to share.

DIET

Feed a good rodent mix . They love sunflower seeds but a diet consisting of too many can be very harmful. You can give them rodent blocks and alfalfa hay(3-4 times a week). To fill their protein needs they should get 3-4 kibbles of dry cat food, 2-3 times a week. Fruits and vegetables should be given as a treat once or twice a week. Fruit and vegetable suggestions: carrots, parsnips, yams, sweet potatoes and apples. Water, with a good vitamin supplement must be provided at all times.

This page is for your information only.
We do not breed Duprasi.


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