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. 

Fast Facts

  • 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.

Scientific name

Octodon degus
Range  Chile
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Julian, Rick
Zoo location Education Building

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