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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Grey degus!

Just found this site. I didn't know there were other colors!
http://www.gerbil-info.nl.com/degu.htm
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The degus natural colour is the brown tweedy colour we see them in today but with the wonders of science and gene mutation we will bound to be able to see them in every colour possible like we have with hamsters, mice and rats its only time. I have read an article before on degu colour mutations and i have also read that there are two different species of degus and i think the other is a lot lighter than what we keep as pets so could come down to that as well. Very very cute all the same

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I have read about the different species of degus before and also that they come in a variety of different colours.. They look cute whatever colour they are!
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I had read about that as well, it's very interesting. I can't wait until they have all the color mutations like with hamsters and gerbils . I want a blonde degu!




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yeah, i've seen pictures of white degus! they are cute too!
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I have to say i personally prefer degus in the natural colour as i don't like the idea of there being genetic modification in there to produce new colourings but they still look cute but give me my tweedy brown degus anyday

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I like the agouti too, but I thought it was interesting. Do you think people did something to make them grey? I was guessing it was a natural mutation (though to continue it there could likely be some inbreeding involved) .
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I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't down to science that they have created a new colouring although genetic throw backs are common in most species so could be possible for a gene mutation and for a grey degu to be produced but i personally think that would be fairly unlikey. If a grey degu was a throw back and it was bred with a normal coloured degu i don't think the offspring would be grey though as it would be a recessive gene to the normal degu colour so it would be more than likely any offspring that was produced would be the normal tweedy brown colour. And in the picture there was more than 1 grey degu so makes me think

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Here is the white degu.

http://www.degus.org/english/fotk.as...to&FotoAlbum=5

And here is a "blue".

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

And a gold one; I bet this is the other species.

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

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So i was right what i said about inbreeding and it being a recessive gene so wouldn't be a dominant colouring or seen very often, i knew having an a level in biology would come in handy oneday It states in the both articles that the degus with different colourings were ill of health and not as strong as agouti coloured degus so goes to show that messing with nature is ill advised ok they might look pretty but i'd rather have normal healthy degus over any pretty fur colouring of pattern anyday! I personally think its a great shame that the human race has to mess with things such as an animals coat colouring in order to create perfection at the expense of an animasl health maybe thats just the sort of society we have become

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Agreed - I feel really sad that people talk about "achieving" colors in the chin community... it's not your achievement, it's the mama chin's! It seems really strange to me that some kinds are seen as being so much more desirable than others - they're lovely friends no matter what color their coat is. It's not right to risk the health of the animals for aesthetics. I just thought other degu people would find it interesting to see them...
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Yes i totally agree they are very interesting and highlight a problem area

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I agree with Kirsty (Amethystbelle), but the blue ones look lovely!
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I think they all look beautiful especially the white ones but as does any creature its just a shame that by creating these beautiful colourings we are sacrificing the animals health

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i want a grey Degu, male, to mate with my lil girls. Anyone in Suffolk Uk who has a free and single male (any colour), let me know pleeeaaaasssseeee
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