DEGUS

By Kegan Kendall

DEGUS

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Octodon degus

HEALTH ISSUES: Degus cannot deal with a lot of starchy or sugary foods and these can cause obesity and raised blood glucose levels which, in turn, can cause diabetes. Symptoms include weight loss, increased thirst and water consumption, and eye problems such as cataracts

role they play: they are companion animals

DESCRIPTION

THEY WEIGH 6-11 OZ

THEY ARE 9-12 INCHES LONG

THEY NEED A CAGE 100CM WIDE x 60CM LONG x 60CM TALL

THEY LIVE 6-8 YEARS

THEY NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE

THEY ARE HARD TO BREED

THEY NEED COMPANY

A DEGU CAN BECOME PREGNANT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF BIRTH