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DEGU

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As well as our other exotic animals that we have at The ASU we also have a degu. Like some of the animal here at the ASU were given the degu to help give her a better life than what she had previously. The degu arrived here at The ASU in September 2020. 

Degus are native to central and northern Chile and can be found anywhere from the costal plains to the Andes mountains. Degus, like Chinchillas, are highly social animals and like to have companions around. Unfortunately, having lost 2 partners, we have decided not to try and rehome another degu, as Wotsit found the last pairing quite stressful. She seems quite content having the food all to herself and telling the staff when her food bowl is empty!

Degus like other rodents need lots of enrichment. This can easily be provided by hiding food, giving them loose hay to make nests with or stuffing hay into toilet roll tubes!

 

Common Name: Degu

Scientific Name: Octodon degus

Type: Mammal

Diet: Herbivore

Group Name: 

Average Life Span in the Captivity: 5- 8 Years

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Size: Head to Tail: 25-31cm

Weight: 0.17 - 0.3Kg

IUCN Red List Status:                  Least Concern

LC

NT

VU

EN

CR

EW

EX

Least Concern

Extinct

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