Degus

Octodon degus

This is one of the baby degus balled up on a rock.

 

The kingdom it is in is Animalia. The phylum is Chordata. The class is Mammalia. The order is Rodentia. The family is Octodontidae. The genus is Octodon.

The degu, from South America, lives in subterranean passages, cracks in rocks, and in trees. Their habitat in captivity is a fish tank, wood chips, water, food, and a wheel. Their geographic range is the Andes and Chile. The food in the wild is grasses, seeds, and fruits. The degus' food in captivity is dog food and bird seed.

The two main predators are snakes and birds. The life span of a degu is 7-10 years. They live in groups from 10-100 for their whole life. In the wild they have 1-10 babies every year. In captivity the degus have 4-6 young a year. The degus care and feed their young when they are babies. The babies are born live and with their hair.

One interesting fact about degus is that their tail skin can come off if it's prey grabs it by the tail. It may then eat the tail off and can then die.

 

This is a degu all balled up on a rock.

 

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