RANGE: Chile HABITAT: high coastal plains BODY: 7.5-9.75 in TAIL: 5.25-7 in
A resident of cold, bleak mountain regions, the chinchilla-rat is a little known creature. It feeds on plant matter and its cheek teeth grow throughout life. Mainly a ground-dweller, it can also climb trees in search of food. Chinchilla-rats live in burrows or rock crevices, apparently in small groups.