Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Chinchillidae
Species : Lagostomus maximus
The Plains viscacha is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 6 kg (13.2 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 11 years
Female maturity :258 days
Male maturity : 456 days
Gestation : 154 days
Weaning : 54 days
Litter size : 2
Litters per year : 2
Weight at birth : 0.2 kg (0.44 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 0.652 kg (1.4344 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 11 W
Body mass : 6.794 kg (14.9468 lbs)
Temperature : 36.85 °C (98.33 °F)
Facts about the plains viscacha
Lagostomus maximus is the largest member of the chinchilla family.
101 The viscacha, Lagostomus maximus, is a large, grey rodent, with strong hindquarters like a rabbit, but small ears and an oversized head. (Full text)
The reproductive pattern of female plains viscacha is distinctive in that many ova are shed to produce only a litter of two.
However a drawing of the rarely-seen Plains Viscacha is provided.
Chinchillas, mountain viscachas, and plains viscachas are all colonial, living in groups that range from a few individuals to hundreds.
Chinchillas, mountain viscachas, and plains viscachas are all colonial, living in groups that range from a few individuals to hundreds. (Full text)
Plains viscachas are among the largest species of rodents.
Chinchillas , mountain viscachas, and plains viscachas are all colonial, .More animals beginning with P