Marmots as pets?

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Marmots as pets?

Postby gophersUK on 2011. Mar 8., Tue 21:16

Just wondering, does anyone know if Marmots are kept as pets anywhere, and is it possible to get them in the UK? Posted here as they are a type of ground squirrel, albeit rather a large one!!

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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby Kenizhi on 2011. Mar 9., Wed 11:07

When you say Marmot, do you mean all of them or certain ones like Groundhogs?
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby gophersUK on 2011. Mar 9., Wed 11:54

Any of them really I guess, the Yellow-Bellied Marmots that live in North America look quite interesting, as do the Groundhogs (which must be the biggest Squirrel I imagine)...

Wikipedia does suggest that Groundhogs are kept as pets, some worrying statements about how aggressive they are though!!
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby Kenizhi on 2011. Mar 9., Wed 18:15

I wonder if the European marmots are kept in private collections over here as they may well be easy to import without quarantine due to being rodents?

MInd you 9 months of hibernation for the Alpine marmot does not sound that appealing.......it would be like having a car & parking it in the garage witout using it for 9 months :? (giggle)
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby flatclyde on 2011. Mar 9., Wed 20:00

hi
we have 2. only got them a couple of months ago and they dont come cheap. they are really cute but ours are not so tame but we knew that when be bought them. I looked for yrs before i found a pair.
we are hoping for baby marmots but it will prob it will prob be next year.
They chew there way out of anything you put them in dont think for one min you can put them in a zoozone. (well you can but they wont stay there long!).
i think they are superb.
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby flatclyde on 2011. Mar 9., Wed 20:11

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this is melvin marmot.
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby gophersUK on 2011. Mar 9., Wed 21:31

Wow, he looks lovely!! Would love to see some more pics. Which type of Marmots are they, and where abouts does one look to find them?
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby flatclyde on 2011. Mar 10., Thu 17:26

hi i will try and get some more pics. they are in max security lock down now. the avairy wire in the pic only took them 48 hrs to get threw so now they are out in the avairy with what i think is 12g wire. ( i am sure they are working on a new escape plan). but i love them and they are worth it.
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby Pouchie on 2011. Mar 14., Mon 17:00

gary emery has some for sale (uk-quarantine)
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Re: Marmots as pets?

Postby flatclyde on 2011. Mar 17., Thu 21:19

I think thats the ones in my pic unless he has found some more. :)
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