Last Updated: April 14th, 2002
The degu (Octodon degus) or "brush tail rat" is a cute brown rodent from Chile. They grow to be about 6" long (their tail is another 4-6" long) and they weigh about 1/2 pound. Degus are diurnal animals (they sleep at night). Their life span is about 5 years long.
Here are some pictures of the degus I used to have. The babies are just a few days old. They're born with a fine black fur.
Order Rodentia Suborder Histricomorpha Family Octodontidae Octodon Bennett, 1832 degus bridgesi lunatus Octodontomys Palmer, 1903 gliroides Octomys Thomas, 1920 mimax barrerae Spalacopus Wagler, 1832 cyanus Aconaemys Ameghino, 1891 fuscus
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Yahoo also has a couple of links for Degus. You can also find information about Degus at alta-vista
Searching for information on degus I discovered that there a city in Korea called Degu, there is a temple near Patan in Nepal called "Degu Taleju", and there is a univerisity in Italy that has "Degu" in its name. However, searching for "octodon" works nicely.
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