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The Doclopedia #1,427
New Pets: Giant Guinea Pigs
Thanks to modern genetic manipulation, the common guinea pig has been crossed with it’s much larger cousin, the capybara, to produce an animal mostly resembling a giant guinea pig, weighing in at an average of 30 pounds. Like regular guinea, they are active, docile and can be quite affectionate to their owners. Unlike regular guinea pigs, they do not do very well as single pets. They also enjoy being in the water and will spend hours there. Like both guinea pigs and capybaras (and humans), they do not manufacture vitamin C in their bodies and so need a diet supplemented with it.
Giant guinea pigs do best in groups of at least 3 and require a good bit of room. In most countries, they are on a strict No Breeding list and are sold only after spaying and neutering. They are surprisingly trainable and, like rabbits, can be trained to use a litter box.
Giant guinea pigs come in a wide variety of colors and color combinations. They can be short or long haired. The average lifespan is 8 years.
The Doclopedia #1,428
New Pets: Dog Lizards
Dog lizards are not a cross between dogs and lizards. In fact, they are not actually lizards at all, but a form of small dinosaur that was created using the DNA of a group that had been frozen in Antarctic ice for around 75 million years.
Weighing between 25 and 35 pounds, dog lizards have a size and shape similar to a beagle, though a bit stockier. They have a short thick tail, no external ears and flat herbivore teeth. Most dog lizards are about as intelligent as the average dog, but individuals may be less or more so. They can learn to do tricks and basic commands.
Being herbivores, dog lizards require much the same diet as cattle or sheep. They also need a good mineral block. Dog lizards do not do well in very cold or hot climates. While immune to many diseases, they can get fungal infections in humid climates. They are very hard to breed in most situations.
Dog lizards have an average lifespan of 30 years.
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