1. Earn the Mammal Honor.
2. Keep a small mammal pet for at least 6 months. (Dogs and Cats
are not included as small mammal pets.) For a suggested list of pets
to choose from, see #5 below.
3. Complete one of the following:
If you currently have a small mammal pet, keep a record of the care
for your small mammal for one month. Include in your record when it is
watered, fed, and when its cage is cleaned.
If you do not currently have a small mammal pet, but you have kept one
in the past for at least 6 months,
small mammal pet for at least one week. Record the care that was
4. Give an oral report (at least 3 minutes) on what you have
observed about your small mammal pet. Include favorite foods, some of
its habits, when it is most active, and favorite story about the pet,
5. a. Be able to distinguish between the following groups of small
1. Hamsters 5. Guinea Pigs
2. Gerbils 6. Chinchillas
3. Rats 7. Rabbits
4. Mice 8. Ferrets
Note: local mammals may substitute those on this list not
known in your area.
Describe the basic care for one of the above list and describe one way
the care of another one of the list differs from the first one you
Which of those listed are not rodents?
6. Write a 200-word essay about the history and value of one of the
pets listed above and what characteristics they have that make them
7. Be able to identify five varieties of hamsters and five varieties
8. Why is it not good to make pets out of small mammals taken from
9. Rabies: What is it? How is it spread? Can you get it from small
mammals? Is it curable? How can you avoid getting it? Which small
mammal pets can carry it?
10. Why should you not handle your small mammal pets when you have a
11. Find three references in the Bible to animals that we now
consider to be small mammal pets. According to the Bible, are they
considered to be clean or unclean meat?
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