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Reference Values

Approximate reference values for common pocket pets

Rectal
Temperature (°F)
Heart Rate
(beats/minute)
Respiratory Rate
(breaths/minute)
Average Life Span
Ferret 100-104 180-250 30-60 5-8 years
Rabbit 100.3-104 180-250 30-60 6-10 years
Guinea Pig 99-103.1 240-310 90-150 5-6 years
Chinchilla 98.6-100.4 100-150 40-80 10-15 years
Gerbil 100.5 260-600 85-160 24-39 mos.
Hamster 99.5 310-471 38-110 18-36 mos.
Mouse 98.6 427-697 91-216 12-36 mos.
Rat 99.5 313-493 71-146 26-40 mos.
Hedgehog 97 120-170 24-80 10 years
Sugar Glider 89.6 300-329 50-65 10-12 years

These values are from the old ZEW website. The original source of this information is unknown.