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Chinchilla Rats: Abrocomidae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Chinchilla Rats And People, Ashy Chinchilla Rat (abrocoma Cinerea): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS


They are found from coastal areas to the Andes Mountains in southern Peru, northern Chile, northwest Argentina, and central Bolivia.

Chinchilla rats live in rock crevices and elaborate burrows under rocks or at the base of shrubs.

Chinchilla rats are herbivores, meaning they eat only plants. The feed at night on seeds, fruits, and nuts.

The Bolivian chinchilla rat is listed as Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, due to its population being confined to a small area. The other chinchilla rats are not listed as threatened by the IUCN.

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