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Cavia porcellus

Family: Caviidae

Origin: Andes

Lifespan: 5 to 8 years

Reproduction: After 60 or 70 days of gestation, the female gives birth from 2 to 6 offsprings upto 5 times a year.

Nutrition diet: Herbivore (cereals, plants and fruits)

Description: The guinea pig we know is domesticated specie from the wild guinea pig. It’s name “guinea pig” comes from it’s call which is similar to the pigs. One proposed explanation is that the animals were brought to Europe by way of Guinea, leading people to think they had originated there. Guinea pigs don’t assimilate vitamin C, so a daily supply of fruits and vegetables is needed. Naturally a very scared animal, you shouldn’t frighten it.