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Old 03-06-2008, 06:51 AM
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Differnt Colored Degu's Who knew?


ORANGE: http://www.degus-online.de/sandfarbig_english.htm


Blue: http://www.degus-online.de/blue.htm


White:
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:37 AM
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Wow I would love to have white one!!! its so cute!!!
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I want the white one!
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WOW!! they are cute but i like the white one best!!
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:28 PM
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Theres also Black and Grey, but i couldnt find "good" pictures of them.
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Although they look very cool I'm not a big fan of varieties like that. They get them through a lot of inbreeding and many have health issues .
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I like the site you posted the links too, because they point out that, while the fancy colors might look cool, they're very detrimental to the Degus.

A brown Degu is a genetically strong Degu, and a healthy Degu! Plus, I love the brown color nature intended.

(Not trying to be a downer though!)
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AWWW! the little white baby is adorable!! But (even though I would REALLY want to) I wouldn't probably get it b/c it is like a genetic mutation or something like that, so it will probably be more prone to illnesses and diseses as it gets older. But it is SOOO cute!!!
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AWWW! the little white baby is adorable!! But (even though I would REALLY want to) I wouldn't probably get it b/c it is like a genetic mutation or something like that, so it will probably be more prone to illnesses and diseses as it gets older. But it is SOOO cute!!!


Well, all animals that looks different thant the "first animal", is some sort of mutation.
That goes for dogs and cats as well...
Not all genetic mutations means that the animal will have some problems. The problem comes when trying to get more animals like the one with the mutation, and you start to inbreed them.
The most known bad mutation is the albino. They normally die quite early on.
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oh yeah. I am not up with all this technical stuff, so i may be wrong. I just figured that that kind of coloration is not normal, so there has to be some inbreeding or something to get the right genes. So don't get me wrong, I know almost nothing about all this science stuff. I am just recalling from my 7th grade science class when we studied genetics and stuff! So I am probably wrong but, oh well!
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Gene manipulation has a different effect on each species it's done with. For example, dogs have a huge genetic potential for variety due to the length of their DNA chains. That means that only a very small percentage of their genes has to be manipulated to create a different breed of dog. Since only a very small portion is changed, it normally creates fewer health problems. Very few species have the same genetic potential for change as dogs do. Even in dogs, great care must be taken when breeding pure bred animals to avoid the genetic health problems like deafness, blindness, etc.


Most other species do not have such long DNA chains, which means the potential for variety is not as great. It also means that manipulating the genes/DNA in some species is more dangerous, since the chains aren't as long - changing 1 small thing causes a greater effect in the animal. (Thus a more dramatic effect on their health and longevity.)


I guess the long and the short of it is that some species are more able to be safely manipulated than other species. I hope I am explaining myself that in a way that makes sense.


There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that gene manipulation in Degus is by and large detrimental to the animals. Largely because the genes that cause the different colors are recessive, and recessive genes can often make proteins that are non-functional or less functional than dominant genes.


Maybe with more study of the effect of gene manipulation in Degus we'll know for sure. For now, unfortunately, we can only go by anecdotal evidence.
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They are real adorable, but as people said before, it's most likely because of inbreeding or messing with their genes and scientific stuff like that. ^_^

And are not usually as healthy as brown ones.
But still very cute.
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I'm taking in three foster boys, one of which has a white face.
I'm hoping to bond those three with my two, I'll start a new post for that though
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