Patagonian Cavy Dolichotis patagonum

What’s up, doc? Cavys may look like rabbits but they’re actually giant rodents!

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ORIGIN:
Argentina

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HABITAT:
Deserts and shrublands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
18 lbs
Length: 2-3 ft

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DIET:
Grass, leaves, seeds and fruit

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PREDATORS:
Mountain lions, foxes and birds of prey

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Speed

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REPRODUCTION:
100-day gestation

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THREATS:
Competition from domestic animals, human hunting and introduced disease

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
14 yrs in human care

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