Degus are social animals that are extremely vocal. These rodents live in groups of 4-7 individuals where they have their own territory in the lower slopes of the Andes.
- Degus enjoy wallowing in dust. Each group has its favorite wallowing sites, which they mark with their gland secretions.
- This animal has a rather unique way of escaping predators: if its tail is caught, a degu will spin until its skin breaks away and tail falls off, allowing the animal to flee.
- They usually live 3 - 4 years in the wild and 5 - 8 years in captivity.
|Conservation status||Least concern|
|Zoo name(s)||Julian, Rick|
|Zoo location||Education Building|