Octodontidae – Octodontids

Degus, rock rats, and viscacha rats -small, social, and highly vocal rodents found in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina

Spending most of their lives underground, the members of these species are extremely adept diggers. Degus also make great pets and are known to be excellent nappers. Although in some areas, degus are considered agricultural pests. Degus are unusual in the sense that most of their activity is apparently diurnal.

All members of this family are primarily herbivorous. Most live in colonies, and some show complex social behavior. These rodents all have long, silky fur, typically brownish and often paler on the underside.