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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-17-2010, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question AMAZING RATS -- High Risk Megacolon?? Help?

So, the "High-Whites" are at risk for Megacolon, right? I was looking through the local pet ads and found these AMAZINGLY beautiful looking rats (at least, in my opinion).

Here is the link to the ad: ( err, forum won't let me post it -_- )
portland.craigslist.org/clc/pet/2011200887.html[/url]


If the link is gone when you read this post, the picture attached to this post. I think these are amazing looking rats, but as they're just being sold for $3 on Craigslist, I have my doubts that this is any kind of reputable breeder at all.

I am just.... fascinated by these rats in the picture. But considering their looks, megacolon, and the $3 Craigslist ad, are these likely to have many genetic health issues?

Please someone chime in. I can't believe the variations I am seeing. Maybe I am just clueless.

Is there any chance these are perfectly bred, perfectly healthy rats that would live long lives as pets? Or even breeders?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-18-2010, 06:53 AM
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Good eithical breeders do not advertise on Craigslist. I would imagine you are taking a serious risk with these pretty rats. Plus you are lining the pocket of a backyard breeder it looks like.

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Thank you. Your input means a lot to me.

I just thought.... WOW, indeed, these are pretty rats. Shame we can't get some husky-looking ratties from an ethical breeder, with strong healthy lines. *shrug*

I feel the same way about most Dwarf rats - Although they seem to be the new fad, I think breeding for them is just too new for me to want one any time soon.
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I agree with lilspaz--they are really cute rats, but I don't think it would be a good idea to get these animals off of craigslist.


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I would place bets this may be a feeder breeder. The ones around here will sell the "pretty" ones as pets for extra money and then the "ugly" ones as snake food.

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