Degus-Friendly and Toxic Woods

Degu

Degus are rodents who require constant chewing to maintain their teeth trimmed and healthy. For degu owners, wood is a popular and natural choice, but not all types of wood are safe. Make sure the wood you're giving your degu is safe, pesticide-free, untreated, ideally organic, and devoid of paint before collecting that tree limb from your backyard or a block of wood from the local lumber yard.

Safe Woods (and Wood-Like Substances) for Degus

  • apple
  • arbutus
  • ash
  • bamboo cane
  • blackberrry
  • blackcurrant
  • cholla
  • coconut shell
  • cottonwood
  • crabapple
  • dogwood
  • grapevine
  • hawthorn
  • hazelnut
  • kiwi
  • linden
  • manzanita
  • mulberry
  • pear
  • pecan
  • pine - kiln-dried white only
  • poplar
  • quince
  • rose hip
  • sycamore

Toxic Woods for Degus

  • abale/esia
  • alder
  • almond (can produce cyanide)
  • apricot
  • aspen
  • balsam fir
  • beech
  • birch
  • black locust
  • blackwood
  • bog wood
  • boxwood
  • buddleia
  • cashew
  • cedar
  • cherry
  • citrus (all citrus woods including lemon, orange, etc.)
  • cocobolo
  • cypress/bald cypress
  • dahoma
  • ebony
  • elang/mukulungu
  • elder/elderberry
  • elm
  • eucalyptus
  • fig/cape fig
  • fir
  • goncalo alves
  • greenheart
  • hemlock
  • horse chestnut
  • iroko
  • juniper
  • kapok
  • laurel
  • magnolia
  • mahogany
  • mansonia
  • maple
  • mimosa
  • mopane/mopani
  • myrtle
  • nectarine
  • oak/cork
  • obeche/abachi
  • okuhaba/yungu
  • oleander
  • olive
  • opepe/kussia
  • paduak
  • pau ferro
  • peach
  • peroba rosa
  • pine (fresh pine is toxic as are pinecones)
  • plum
  • plywood
  • prune
  • purpleheart
  • quebracho
  • redwood
  • rosewood
  • satinwood
  • sassafras
  • sequoia
  • snakewood
  • spruce
  • teak
  • walnut
  • wenge
  • willow
  • yew
  • yunnan
  • zebrawood

Degus have other safe choices accessible in pet retailers. Woods sold for chinchillas and other rodents are normally safe to give to your degu, but check the list of poisonous woods before placing it in your degu's cage. The same can be said about the material used to construct his hide box and cage (if they are made of wood). Any objects in his cage are fair game for his teeth to gnaw on, so make sure they're secure!

If you think your degu may have eaten a toxic wood, contact your exotics vet as soon as possible.

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