A Brief Guide to Degus (a lot of information)A Brief guide to degus.
After I first told my watchers here on deviantART about my degus (and posting a few photos), some of them have actually said they want to get some, despite knowing very little about them.
So, I thought I'd do them a favour and give some information about their requirements.
Degus are small rodents that are closely related to chinchillas. 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 10.6 oz). They have yellow-brown fur above and creamy-yellow below, with yellow around the eyes and a paler band around the neck. They have a long, thin tail with a tufted black tip, dark sparsely-furred ears, and pale grey toes. Their fifth toe is small with a nail, rather than a claw, on the forefeet. Their hindfeet are bristled with five toes, similar to a rat's hindfeet, indicating that they're good climbers. Their cheek teeth are shaped like figures-of-eight, hence the degu's genus name