Safe and toxic woods for Degus!

black degu on the owner's palm
01 March 2021 Pets4Company

Find out what woods you can use in your degu's habitat!

Degus are rodents and, as such, their teeth grow continuously. In order for the degus to maintain healthy teeth and prevent abnormal growths, they need to gnaw preferably materials with some hardness to provide their wear. I all goes well, the feed helps to wear off the incisors while the hay, chewed further back, helps to wear down the molars. However, we can introduce wood as a complement to the dental health of degus, something that would be available to degus in their natural habitat!

Nowadays it is possible to easily find chopsticks previously sterilized, packaged and ready to use. It is also possible to make them at home, along with platforms and ramps for cages, as long as we have access to untreated wood, without paints, varnishes or pesticides.

It is also important to choose the type of wood used carefully since some species are toxic to degus and can cause serious damage when ingested.

So we present some trees and shrubs whose wood is safe and toxic for degus.

Safe Woods:

Apple tree

Pear tree

Hazelnut tree

Arbutus

Ash

Poplar

Bamboo cane

Mulberry

Black currant

Coconut shell

Vine

Kiwi vines

Linden tree

White pine (dry and without resin)

Rosehip

 brown degu on top of wooden pellets

Toxic Woods:

Alder

Elderberry

Cedar

Sycamore

Elm

Eucalyptus

Willow tree

Fig tree

Almond tree

Cherry tree

Cashew

Apricot

Chestnut

Walnut

Juniper

Plum tree

Peach tree

Nectarine tree

Olive tree

Rosewood

Citrus trees

Mapple

Aspen

Fir

Beech

Mahogany

Redwood

Oak

Laurel

Birch

Pine Cones

Mimosa

Magnolia

Boxwood

Buddleia

Cypress

Ebony

Myrtle

Green heart (lauraceae)

Silk tree (albizia julibrissin)

Hemlock

In love with degus? Find out more about this fascinating species at this article!