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We are in love! Those rodents originate from Chile, but can also be found natively in Peru. They have been imported into the United States and later on to Europe for research purposes. They can easily develop diabetes, therefore they were perfect for studies. Researchers would soon bring them home and realise how adorable they were. From then on, it didn’t take long until they became established as pets all over the world.
Adult degus are between 25-30cm long (including their tail) and should weigh between 170 – 300g. They usually become 6-12 years old although there have been reports of degus living up to 16 years. Their genus name is octodon degus because of their cheek teeth that are shaped like figures-of-eight. Their herbivore diet consists of grasses and leaves, but they’ll go nuts over nuts, dried veggies and seeds. Those treats should, however, be given in moderation and any treat with molasses, honey, sugar or flour (wheat) as are common for rodents should be avoided altogether due to them being prone to developing diabetes.