Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Caviidae
  Scientific Name : Cavia Porcellus

                      Size : 20 - 25cm (8 - 10in)
                 Weight : 700 - 1,200g
                                (1.5 - 2.5lbs)
           Top Speed : 9km/h (5.5mph)
            Life Span : 4 - 7 years

                Colour : Black, Ten, White, 
                                 Brown, Grey, Orange
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Small body and thick,
                                wiry coat
  1. Guinea pigs are small, furry animals found in the South American Andes mountains.
  2. They grow to an average length of 20-25cm.
  3. Distinctively, they have a small body with thick, wiry coat.
  4. They are a stable source of food to the local people of the Andes mountains.
  5. They were domesticated very early at around 5,000 BC as a source of food.
  6. Interestingly, they are also believed to be a supernatural medium and are used to heal the sick.
  7. The present day domestic species is believed to be a subspecies of the Andes Guinea Pig.
  8. They live to be around 6-7 years when domesticated and around 3-4 years in the wild.
  9. They are also kept as pets all around the world but need a lot of time, energy and effort.
  10. They are not able to judge distances or height accurately and need constant supervision around household furniture.
  11. They communicate through a series of squeals which are high-pitched
  12. There are a variety of guinea pigs today, as a result of selective breeding by the Spanish.
  13. They are quite sociable but are known to be extremely territorial.
  14. Oddly, domestic guinea pigs urinate and drag their body along their clean cage to remark their territory.
  15. Guinea pigs are herbivores, feeding mainly on seeds, grass, leaves and even hay.
  16. Their natural predators are wolves, coyotes and snakes.

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