Guinea Pig Cavia porcellus

Guinea pigs are no longer found in the wild. Fossil records show they have been around as early as 9,000 BC, but domestication began around 5,000 BC because of their popularity as pets and food.

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ORIGIN:
South America

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HABITAT:
Grasslands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
1-3 lbs
Length: 8-10 in

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DIET:
Fruits and vegetables

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PREDATORS:
Ferrets, coyotes, wolves and birds of prey

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Immobility or scatter response

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REPRODUCTION:
1-8 offspring per litter

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THREATS:
None (extinct in the wild)

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 14 yrs in human care

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