Learn more about the Southern viscacha – with amazing Southern viscacha videos, photos and facts on Arkive. IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC). Facts about this animal. The mountain vizcacha is a fairly large rodent with a head-body length ranging from to cm and. Geographic Range. The mountain viscacha is found in the extreme southern portion of Peru, Western and Central Bolivia, Northern and Central Chile, and in.

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Primary Diet herbivore folivore Economic Importance for Humans: It lives among rocks and around crags where the vegetation is sparse. Southern viscacha habitat Restricted to sparsely vegetated, rocky habitats, from 2, metres to 5, metres above sea level 1 3. Long-tailed chinchilla Viscaxia lanigera Short-tailed viscaccia Chinchilla chinchilla. During the day, the southern viscacha emerges from the clefts and crevices it colonises, to forage for food, and bask on rocky perches in the sun 1 3 4.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The southern viscacha is a common species and locally abundant, but it is prone to wide swings in population due to adverse weather conditions.

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The average lifespan is unknown, but one individual survived for 19 years in captivity. Laigdium we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts.


Viscachas inhabit rugged, rocky mountanous country with sparse vegetation. The timing of the breeding season is not documented for this species, but the gestation period has been estimated at to days, with just a single young born at a time.

Appearing to be something like a rabbit-chinchilla hybrid, though totally unrelated to a rabbit. Southern viscacha conservation There are currently no known conservation measures in place for the southern viscacha, but it does occur lagudium several protected areas.

Southern viscacha threats Although the southern viscacha is locally hunted for its meat and fur, it is still a very common species, and is not thought to be declining at a rate to warrant significant concern 1.

The colour of its fur varies seasonally and with age, but generally laagidium upperparts are grey to brown, with tints of cream and black, while the under-parts are pale yellow or tan 2.

Fr En Es Members’ Area. The southern viscacha has a patchy distribution comprising parts of western Bolivia, northern Chile, western Argentina lzgidium possibly extreme southern Peru 1 3.

This image, which was originally posted to Lagidiiumvuscacia uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 24 June Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. The long, fur-covered ears have a white fringe and both the short front legs and longer hind legs have four digits on the feet.

Which species are on the road to recovery? Glossary Congeners Species belonging to the same genus. That mountain vizcachas are – often illegally – hunted for their meat and fur, which has probably caused a decline over part of their range? The mountain vizcachas feed on various kind of plants, including lichens, mosses, grass and succulents.


The viscscia viscacha has yellowish-grey upperparts, paler underparts, and a black-tipped, bushy tail.

They are diurnal and colonialliving in groups that range from a few individuals to hundreds. X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.

Mountain Viscacha, Southern Mountain Viscacha

They apparently do not need free water. Like all members of this family, viscachas have thick, soft pelage, except on their tails where it is coarse. Journal of Thermal Biology In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. The following other wikis use this file: The lagidijm fur is long and soft, while that on the tail is coarse.

The soles of the feet have fleshy pads called “pallipes” and they can move viacacia with agility over rocky surfaces. At these times, it emerges from its underground hiding lagidijm to feed on what plant material is available, which is mostly grasses and mossand it also eats lichens. Vinogradov’s jerboa Allactaga vinogradovi.

Positive Impacts food body parts are source of valuable material Conservation Status Populations are declining due to hunting by local peoples.