The most common mammal of central Chile, degus look like large gerbils. They can be up to 5 inches long and weigh up to 10 ounces. Their fur is grayish brown, with lighter fur on the underside and a tail tipped with a black brush.
Coastal and mountain regions in burrows of rock crevices.
Tubers, roots, bark, cacti.
Four to eight young.
Lives in small groups. Males generally tolerate each other but sometimes fight to win females.
Degus have an interesting way of escaping predators. If the tail is caught, a degu may spin until the skin comes loose.