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    [–] Hamster Ball Pen CrossP 1 points ago in hamstercare

    Hamsters almost never eat non-food items. They chew them, but they actually close their lips behind the item they chew on if they don't want it in their mouths.

    You can always use pea gravel instead. Unchewable. But it's a bit heavier and won't burrow as beautifully

    [–] 99% sure I got a cotton ball instead of a hamster. Just maybe. CrossP 4 points ago in hamsters

    The test is easy. When you put seeds in a cotton ball, seeds come out later. If you put seeds in a hamster, you get.... Not seeds.

    [–] My hamster knows how to break out of his cage and I'm freaking out CrossP 1 points ago in hamster

    Get a largish aquarium. Glass is impervious to hamster mischief. Then put on a mesh lid with some weights.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 7 points ago in whatisthisthing

    I have a 20+ lb rabbit. I think she could kill me if she ever decided she was done with me.

    [–] 1% on the reincarnation table CrossP 2 points ago in Pathfinder_RPG

    You should just trim your hair nice, put on a collar, and tell everyone that you're a big corgi person.

    [–] 1% on the reincarnation table CrossP 2 points ago in Pathfinder_RPG

    Not your alignment. You'd just feel very different. Maybe hunger for meat more. Walking is wrong. Smells are crazy. Your nose is on the end of a goddamn snout. But it won't change any of your memories or culture.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 1 points ago in whatisthisthing

    Ah. Like bottle-feeding from day one? In that case, they are at some danger. But I suspect the fact that they can clean themselves off are right after birth means they in just a little bit of microbes right away. Rabbits would waste those cellulose fermenting bacteria in the early days because they'll only have milk. However guinea pigs and chinchillas could start nourishing those bacteria right away.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 1 points ago in whatisthisthing

    Most rodents do too. Along with cannibalism if they can manage it. This is because evolutionary math tells them to not attract predators, never give predators a free meal, and don't waste protein.

    I work in a rodent/rabbit pet rescue. We call it a 4th trimester abortion in the industry. It's also the name of my non-existent metal band name.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 13 points ago in whatisthisthing

    Blep. Yeah. Just not exactly as lethal in humans because we don't rely on dangerous cellulose fermentation in the cecum. Also, at the microscopic level, humans eat shit all the time, so it's NBD.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 1 points ago in whatisthisthing

    Chins and guinea pigs are born developed enough to nibble hay from day one. They pick up the microbes from food surfaces and mom feces right away.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 23 points ago in whatisthisthing

    You can even break the Cocoa Puffs into two groups. They normally poop very dehydrated ones with no notable scent and a texture similar to dry potting soil. They can also force those out a little early while still wet, and they reek of hormones and bunny farts. The second kind is for claiming territory.

    We like to call the edible ones "butt candy"

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 7 points ago in whatisthisthing

    TBF, their complex digestion strategy is pretty similar to many hay-eating rodents like chinchillas and guinea pigs, but the rodents tend to be born more developed and spend far less time dependent on milk, so they are less fragile from that standpoint.

    [–] Okay! Hear me out. This has me thinking for some time now... But the sea-slug (Elysia chlorotica) is able to use the chloroplasts of the algae’s he consumes... Would it be possible to inject our own cells with Chloroplasts so we can do photosynthesis ourselves? Or genetically modify us so we can...? CrossP 3 points ago in biology

    In the most abstract way, that somehow we could get photosynthesis organelles into our cells and have them still functional, it might be possible.

    But they could never be useful. Your skin is specifically set up to protect against sunlight with layers of dead keratinized cells and melanin pigment stopping light. We also stand upright and have hair on top of our heads to further reduce strong sunlight penetrating to our living cells. Even then, our deepest epidermal skin layer continuously ejects and replaces the epidermal cells that would carry those chloroplasts.

    We're also not flat and broad enough (like a leaf) to get significant energy from sunlight even if we stretched out and laid still for the whole time the sun is out. Our bodies do all sorts of things like thinking and produce body heat that just cost too many calories.

    [–] Cat brought this in and I’m trying to keep it safe. What kind of rodent is it? CrossP 113 points ago in whatisthisthing

    It's nearly impossible to get the gut microbes going right at this age. Baby rabbits need milk, but they also need microbes from licking mom, eating her poop, rolling in the grass where they live, and so on. Otherwise, they won't manage the delicate balance of gut Flora that let's their GI tract digest cellulose. They either can't break down the grass and die from gut stasis or they over-proliferate one of the wrong bacteria and end up dying from diarrheal complications.

    [–] McCormick creek St. Park. The falls are great. CrossP 5 points ago in Indiana

    Love that place. Lots of pretty plants and interesting creatures too. I like finding salamanders.

    [–] What are some things that people dont realise would happen if there was actually a zombie outbreak? CrossP 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Unless the incubation period is five minutes or less, infected have already left looong before there's a traffic jam exodus.