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Pets from the rodent family, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and gerbils are popular pets. Despite their cuddly and energetic disposition, however, degus are a lesser-known species that are often overlooked. Here’s what makes degus fantastic pets.

Degus are small domestic rodents that look like a cross between a gerbil and a squirrel. They weigh about seven to 10 ounces and are four to eight inches long. Degus have large, dark eyes, small ears, and a soft coat that comes in a variety of shades, including a mix of gray and orange.

Degus are shy, curious, clean, resourceful, playful and affectionate animals. As they prefer to live in groups, it is best to adopt at least two degus from the same litter. Although they are diurnal, these rodents are mostly active at night. Also, like guinea pigs, they make chirps, chirps, squeals, and other sounds to communicate.

Since degus are herbivores, they should be fed a combination of high-quality hay, grain-free commercial foods, and fresh vegetables and vegetables. They also need small branches to chew on.

Your pet rodent will thrive in a spacious, multi-level cage with clean water, healthy food, and plenty of socialization.

When given proper care, degus can live up to 10 years.

Common degus are considered an invasive species in some areas of the United States. Therefore, it is illegal to possess them in California, Utah, Connecticut and Alaska.