Helamys (viscacha)

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Helamys (viscacha)
Hélamis de Cuvier (Lagotis Cuvieri).

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Lagotis cuvieri is an obsolete name for Lagidium viscacia cuvieri, a subspecies of moutain viscachas. It is a rodent in the family Chinchillidae native to south America, and more precisely to the Andes mountains. Its long ears, the general shape of its body would make this animal look very much like a rabbit, if it weren’t for its long bushy tail. Viscachas live on grasses, moss, and lichens, and adults weight about 6.6 lb (3kg), for a length of about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm), tail not included.

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