Plains viscacha

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Original source: originally posted to Flickr as Lagostomus maximus, Viscacha
Author: Brian Gratwicke

Plains viscacha

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

Countries
Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay
Some facts about the
Plains viscacha

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)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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, .

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