Found in South America from sea level to about 10,000 feet.
Coastal plains and lowlands
Degus are robust rodents that have long silky coats. They are Grey to brown above, creamy yellow or white below. They have broad well-developed incisors.
Degus live in large groups and make their homes in rocks or hedges. Nests and storage for food are usually dug nder rocks. Degus are avid nest builders and spend alot of their time making twig piles. Status within the degu community is thought to depend on the size of their respective twig piles.
Gestation lasts about 90 days. On average, 1 - 8 degu young are born.