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Ashy Chinchilla Rat
AbroCin3
Information
Range Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Abrocomidae
Genus Abrocoma
Species Abrocoma cinerea
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Ashy chinchilla rat (Abrocoma cinerea), is a species of chinchilla rat in the Abrocomidae family found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.

Description

Their total length is 21–43 cm, with the body being 15-25 cm and the tail being 6-8 cm. They have soft, thick, silver fur on the top of their bodies, and white or yellow fur on their abdomens. They have four toes on their front feet, and five toes on their back feet.

Behavior and Diet

They are herbivores, so they eat seeds, fruit, and nuts. They make squeaking and grunting noises when they are scared or fighting.

Threats

They are hunted for their fur, which is sold in markets, sometimes to tourists.

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