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Degu

Degus are highly social, diurnal and have very good vision. They live in burrows, and, by digging communally, they are able to construct larger and more elaborate burrows than they could on their own. They spend a large amount of time on the surface, where they forage for food. When foraging, their ability to detect predators is increased in larger groups.

DID YOU KNOW? Degus have an interesting way of escaping predators. If the tail is caught, a degu may spin until the skin comes loose.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Seeds, grasses, shrubs.
Octodontidae
6 - 8 years
Least Concern
Chile, South America.
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