Learn more about the Southern viscacha – with amazing Southern viscacha videos, photos and facts on Arkive. IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC). Facts about this animal. The mountain vizcacha is a fairly large rodent with a head-body length ranging from to cm and. Geographic Range. The mountain viscacha is found in the extreme southern portion of Peru, Western and Central Bolivia, Northern and Central Chile, and in.

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Southern Mountain Viscacha (Lagidium viscacia) ยท

Long-tailed chinchilla Chinchilla lanigera. International Union for Conservation of Nature. The gestation period is about days and a single precocial pup or sometimes two is born which has its eyes open vviscacia is fully clad in fur at birth.

The colour of the dense and soft pelt is variable, agouti-grey and brown on the back, with a range of cream to black, and the belly is pale yellow to tan. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we vscacia are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. The southern viscacha has a patchy distribution comprising parts of western Bolivia, northern Chile, western Argentina and possibly extreme southern Peru 1 3.

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Primary Diet herbivore folivore Economic Importance for Humans: The long, viscacla ears have a white fringe and both the short front legs and longer hind legs have four digits on the feet. During the day, the southern viscacha emerges from the clefts and crevices it colonises, to forage for food, and bask on rocky perches in the sun 1 3 4. Retrieved 5 January From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.


It lives among rocks and around crags where the vegetation is sparse.

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Lesser grison Galictis cuja. It suckles for about eight weeks, but is able to supplement the milk with solid food within hours of its birth. Journal of Thermal Biology Date 21 June It is hunted for its flesh and its fur, but not to such an extent as to fiscacia its numbers significantly.

To cite this page: Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island. Viscachas inhabit rugged, rocky mountanous country with sparse vegetation. Why do zoos keep this animal This species is very rarely kept by zoos outside its range countries. The southern viscacha is native to the mountainous parts of western Argentina, southern Peru, western and central Bolivia, and northern and central Chile.

Extant species of family Chinchillidae. The southern viscacha Lagidium viscacia is lagidihm species of viscachaa rodent in the family Vizcacia found in ArgentinaBoliviaChileand Peru. Like all mountain viscachas, the southern viscacha is a gregarious species that forms small to very large colonies, comprising one or more family groups 4 5.

If you are able to help please contact: Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: At these times, it emerges from its underground hiding place to feed on what plant material is available, which is mostly grasses and mossand it also eats lichens.


Females are remarkable for the large number of ova they ovulate around during each estrus period. Part of the day is spent perched on a rock sunbathing, grooming, or resting. They are adept at moving over rocky surfaces. Glossary Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World. Rodents of Unusual Size communitycoypudocumentary vscacia, ecosystemenvironmentfilmmakerfilmmaking viscwcia, invasiveinvasive speciesrodentsUSAWetlandswildlife Monday 24 September Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It runs and leaps amongst the rocks with incredible agility, and eats a wide variety of plants including grasses, mosses, and lichens 3 4.

Appearing to be something like a rabbit-chinchilla hybrid, though totally unrelated to a rabbit. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.

Southern viscachas are a vsicacia species and do not venture far from rocks so that they can plunge underground if danger threatens. Vinogradov’s jerboa Allactaga vinogradovi. The young are born fully furred, with their eyes open, and are able to eat solid food on their first day of life. Views Read Edit View history. Sign up to our newsletter Get the latest wild news direct to your inbox.

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