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Degu
Octodon degus

Description
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.

Home Range
Chile

Habitat
Coastal and mountain regions in burrows of rock crevices.

Diet
Tubers, roots, bark, cacti.

Reproduction
Four to eight young.

Social Structure
Lives in small groups. Males generally tolerate each other but sometimes fight to win females.

Fun Fact
Degus have an interesting way of escaping predators. If the tail is caught, a degu may spin until the skin comes loose.