Cavia porcellus


The Guinea Pig is a species of rodent native to New Guinea. The Guinea Pigs live in groups of 10. A large variety of coat colours and types have developed.


Originated in South America, although they are no longer found in the wild only in captivity throughout most parts of the world.


5 - 8 years.


700g - 1.2kgs.


They are herbivores and require fresh, clean vegetables and grass. They will often eat their own droppings, which is known as coprophagy and is important in obtaining their protein content.


Rocky areas, grasslands and forest edges.


A sow can have between 1- 8 puppies but an average of 3 - 4. Their young are born fully developed with eyes open. They will start moving an hour after birth and take solid food a day or two later.