They live in communal burrows, and this social behavior is critical to their survival in the wild. While they are adaptable animals in captivity, it is still highly recommended to keep them in pairs or groups.
Where do degus live in the wild?
Degus are native to northern and central Chile and can be found living at high elevations (1,200m) in the Andes mountain range. Degus are diurnal, which means they’re active during the day and sleep at night.
How do degus live in the wild?
They live in burrows, and, by digging communally, they are able to construct larger and more elaborate burrows than they could on their own. Degus digging together coordinate their activities, forming digging chains.
Can degus be kept outside?
It’s really important to make sure that your degus’ home is away from any hazards. They are known for being good escape artists so regularly check their enclosure for signs of attempted break-outs! Temperature is vital to degus and they should never be kept at temperatures above 20°C.
Is it cruel to keep degus?
Degus are a social species that should never be kept alone. Being alone can make them very stressed, which can lead to health and behaviour issues. Ideally degus should live in groups or pairs, such as a group or pair of males or a group or pair of females.
What do degu eat in the wild?
Degus are herbivores (vegetable-eaters) that eat leaves and shrubs in the wild.
How old is the oldest degu?
Longest living degu
While you can do a quick Internet search that shows degus living up to 18 years, there’s not much official information out there on the longest-lived captive degus. One scientific article referenced an 11 year old degu, but that’s all we could find in terms of verified long degu lifespans.
Can a degu go in a hamster ball?
Hamster balls are recommended by the manufacturers for use with hamsters, gerbils, mice, degus and small rats only; they should not be used for chinchillas or guinea pigs, as their size and body structures are different from small rodents, posing a serious hazard to them if placed inside.
How much does a degu cost?
$25 to $100
Purchasing Your Degu
Breeders and pet stores usually have domestic-bred degus for sale. They cost $25 to $100.
Do degus get lonely?
Degus do not thrive alone, they should never be kept alone.
How long can degus go without water?
Although you wouldn’t ever be cruel enough to deprive your degus of water, in the wild they can survive without drinking for up to 13 days42.
Are degus like chinchillas?
Degus are smaller than chinchillas, but they tend to have bigger personalities. These little rodents are cute and curious, making it fun to watch them run and play in their habitat.
Can degus eat fresh grass?
Eating lots of grass and hay, which is fiberous helps to wear down a degu’s front teeth. If they become too long they can have difficulties with eating. It also provides the correct type of fibre needed to maintain healthy gut movements. Degu’s require good quality hay as a staple part of their daily diet.
Can degus have cardboard?
Your degus will also appreciate a nesting box. You can provide a box of untreated wood or an old cardboard box, which will double as a gnawing object. Tear unscented white tissue into narrow strips to provide a safe, inexpensive nesting material.
Do degus like the sun?
Degus absolutely love being in the sun, and what you’re most likely seeing is your degus sunbathing. It’s perfectly fine for them to be in the sun as long as they have a place in the shade to cool off if they get too hot.
Are degus smart?
Degus are very intelligent and highly sociable animals that love to play and explore. They have a friendly nature and are outgoing little rodents. They make fantastic pets, but need a lot of care and aren’t an animal you should choose on a whim.