Octodon degus is generally considered endemic to west central Chile, where it inhabits the lower slopes of the Andes. Although some have argued that its range may extend north into Peru, this is not well supported. It is common in the international pet trade, however, and is often used in laboratory studies outside of its native range. Contreras, et al.
Sex differences during initial social contact in the degu (Octodon degus ).
Sex differences during initial social contact in the degu (Octodon degus ). - Abstract - Europe PMC
LUIS A. Degus of a first group control responders were individually exposed during min tests to an arena containing loose, clean soil. I compared the latency to first dustbathing as well as the overall frequency of dustbathing events recorded to control responders with the corresponding figures recorded to a second group of degus experimental responders after they were individually introduced into the same arena but with soil previously used for dustbathing by a same-sex conspecific depositor. I also compared the location of dustbathing events by experimental responders with that of depositor individuals.
Sex differences during initial social contact in the degu (Octodon degus )
Link to Degutopia's degu sexing guide video on YouTube. If you're unsure how to tell the sex of your degus, this guide will teach you what to look for and how to tell the difference between male and female degus. The video above will take you through the process step by step, or see each step with pictures below. Male and female degus look very similar in outward appearance they are not markedly sexually dimorphic , so you can't tell the sex of a degu just by looking at them normally.