In my quest for something interesting, I found this little critter called a Degu. It’s a caviomorph rodent. Kind of a cross between a chinchilla and a guinea pig. They have the ability to drop their tails like a lizard if it is grabbed, however they don’t grow back. So never grab one by the tail. Like any rodent they also bite.
They can not metabolize the simple sugars that are found in fruit nor can they tolerate the oils of nuts and seeds. Green leafy vegetables are what they like the best.
Degus are social animals and need companionship, so it’s best to have two, preferably two males or two females. These are very affectionate pets that can live to be almost nine years old.