Degu, also known as the Chilean squirrel, is a rodent endemic to South America (Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina). Natural habitat — rocky areas overgrown with shrubs in the western part of the mountains Andes. A characteristic feature of degus is a flattened nose and hunched back. Suitable for keeping at home as a first pet. Feature — sugar intolerance.
Degu is a miniature pet, the size of an adult varies from 9 to 22 cm in length, and from 200 to 300 g in body weight. The length of the tail of an adult is 7-9 cm. The fur is short, soft. Whiskers — vibrissae grow along the edges of the nose, they perform the function of touch. The body weight of a newborn degu is 14 g.
The natural color of the Chilean squirrel can be of two colors: the back is gray- or yellow-brown, the abdomen is creamy yellow. Breeders have developed new colors — sand, white, black, blue, lilac.
Daytime, partly evening-time. Terrestrial, territorial. Social, degus live in colonies of up to 200 individuals/ Degus spend the night in burrows. They feed on grasses, leaves, roots and tree bark. In winter, they feed on dry leaves and hay stored since summer. The mating season of the Chilean squirrel happens once in the wild, twice in captivity. Pregnancy lasts about 3 months. In one litter, from one to six mice are born. The life span of a degus is 10 to 15 years. In the wild, only 1% of degus live up to 2 years.
The Chilean squirrel at Animal Park
Degu is our special resident. He is sociable, knows how to attract the attention of guests with acrobatic tricks. The Chilean squirrel requires a tender attitude towards itself when he is picked up — he does not like it when is shaken. An active and curious lifestyle are two components of the life-affirming atmosphere that our pets share with the guests of the Park. Come to visit us, you will return home a different person.