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Taxonomy The common degu (Octodon degus) is one of 5 species called degu. They are most closely related to rock rats and viscacha rats, but are also a relative of chinchillas, cavies, and many other South American rodents. Degus in the Wild Degus live in the Chile Matorral region, with dry summers and rainy winters.

Taxonomy

The common degu (Octodon degus) is one of 5 species called "degu". They are most closely related to rock rats and viscacha rats, but are also a relative of chinchillas, cavies, and many other South American rodents.

Degus in the Wild

Degus live in the Chile Matorral region, with dry summers and rainy winters. They are not a threatened species, and are the most well known and researched degu species.

Degus as Pets

Pet degus are gaining in popularity, thanks to their social and friendly nature, and longer lifespans than other pet rodents. Breeding in captivity has also created a wide variety of colorations of degus.