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Degu Temperament And Behavior

Degus (Octodon degus) are fast-becoming popular pets. In their natural habitat, they live like prairie dogs. They live in communities and dig elaborate burrows with spaces to store food and to sleep in. These social creatures are actually diurnal, which means they are awake during the day, unlike many of their rodent cousins. And they possess dog-like personalities, running to greet you when you get home, eagerly waiting for some playtime. 

When full-grown, a degu can reach up to 5-7 inches long with a 6-inch tail. A degu should never be picked by its tail because they shed off their tails as a protective instinct. Unlike lizards, the tail won’t grow back again. With proper care and nutrition, they can live up to 10 years. These rodents thrive with social interaction and regular physical activity, without which, they can become aggressive and high-strung. They can easily be tamed when handled while still very young. They need to be housed with other degus of the same sex. 

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