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Rock Cavy

Kerodon rupestris

Home Range

Eastern Brazil

Habitat

Dry rocky areas near stony mountains and hills

Diet

Leaves, grasses, seeds

Reproduction

One or two young. Several litters per year are common.

Social Structure

Lives in small family groups.

Fun Facts

Rock cavies make a variety of vocalizations, including an alarm whistle, chirps, and squeaks.

These rodents are related to domestic guinea pigs.