LAGIDIUM VISCACIA PDF

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If you guessed the latter, you are correct. With their large ears, powerful hind legs, and small front paws, Vizcachas do share a striking resemblance to the rabbit family. However, their long bushy tail is a distinguishing trait unique to the Chinchillidae family. This tail not only serves as a species indicator, but can also tell us if the animal is feeling anxious or relaxed: The tail is extended when the rodent is distressed and curled when at ease.

The Chinchillidae family resides in areas throughout southern and western South America. It is quite unusual for a rodent to stray from underground burrows, but the Vizcacha has learned to transcend its inferior digging abilities and take advantage of its expert climbing skills.

Austral Vizcachas live in colonies that range from a few individuals to hundreds. To keep up with the colony chatter, they have acquired an impressive repertoire of vocalizations that are used in social interactions. Vizcachas have a short gestation period that only lasts about four to five months. At this time, the mother gives birth to one fully developed offspring. Because the newborns are developed, the young are weaned at only two months. However, at two months Vizcachas are still very small and vulnerable, which makes colony living a necessity.

With a body length of 1 to 2 feet and an average weight of 3. These two are fierce predators, but the Vizcacha has its own advantages: dexterity, speed, loud warning calls, and a home immersed in boulders and rocks a less than ideal hunting ground.

Humans put pressure on Vizcacha populations either by hunting or habitat loss. They are often illegally hunted for their meat and fur — their pelts are considered a luxury to some and are regularly exported out from Chile and Argentina. Great profile.

Where do these guys live in the park? Go to cueva de las manos hiking route, at Jeinimeni National Reserve, near the locality of Chile Chico. It is easy to see this awesome animal. Good luck! I thought the following scientific articles might be of interest to vizcacha enthusiasts. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of new posts by email.

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Southern viscacha

If you guessed the latter, you are correct. With their large ears, powerful hind legs, and small front paws, Vizcachas do share a striking resemblance to the rabbit family. However, their long bushy tail is a distinguishing trait unique to the Chinchillidae family. This tail not only serves as a species indicator, but can also tell us if the animal is feeling anxious or relaxed: The tail is extended when the rodent is distressed and curled when at ease.

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Southern Mountain Viscacha

Lagidium is a genus of rodents in the family Chinchillidae. It contains these species:. The number of species of mountain viscachas was considered to be three by most authors: L. However, taxonomy usually differs by authors e. The northern viscacha occurs in central and southern Peru and northern Chile. The distribution is shown to be the Andes mountains in Peru at elevations between 3, and 5, m. The southern viscacha occurs in southern Peru, southern and western Bolivia, northern Chile, and western Argentina.

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