Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Cnidaria
Class - Mammalia
Order - Rodentia
Family - Caviidae
Genus - Cavia

Guinea Pig


The guinea pig is found in the Andes mountains in South America, were it is used as a stable food source for the local peoples. Todays domestic guinea pig is thought to be a subspecies of the Andes guinea pig and therefore cannot be found in the wild.
Scientific Info
Scientific Name - Cavia Porcellus
Type - Mammal
Diet - Herbivore
Size - 20-25cm (8-10in)
Weight - 700-1,200g (1.5-2.5lbs)
Top Speed - 9km/h (5.5mph)
Life Span - 4-7 years
Lifestyle - Solitary
Conservation Status - Least Concern
Colour - Grey, Tan, Brown, Black, White, Orange
Skin Type - Fur
Favourite Food - Seeds
Habitat - Tropical grassland areas
Average Clutch Size - 4
Main Prey - Seeds, Grass, Leaves
Predators - Wolf, Snake, Coyote
Distinctive Features - Small body and thick, wiry coat

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