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Degu

Octodon degus

Description:

The degu is a small rodent with a body length of 25.0 to 31.0 centimetres (9.8–12.2 in) and a weight of 170 to 300 grams (6.0 to 11 oz). It has yellow-brown fur above and creamy-yellow below, with yellow about the eyes and a paler band around the neck. It has a long, thin tail with a tufted black tip, dark sparsely-furred ears, and pale grey toes. Its fifth toe is small with a nail, rather than a claw, on the forefeet. Its hindfeet are bristled. Its cheek teeth are shaped like figures-of-eight, hence the degu's genus name "Octodon".

3 Species ID Suggestions

Degu
Octodon degus Degu
Gerbil
Lauchón orejudo
Phyllotis darwini


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3 Comments

Scarletthdz
Scarletthdz 12 years ago

it looks like a Degu, thanks all of you :D and thanks Coni Camposano!

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 12 years ago

Could this one be the same as this ( http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/652... ? )
found in Brazil ?

Coni Camposano
Coni Camposano 13 years ago

Not a Gerbil!

Scarletthdz
Spotted by
Scarletthdz

Las Condes, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

Spotted on Apr 17, 2007
Submitted on Feb 25, 2011

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