Plains Vizcacha (lagostomus maximus) at Amazon World, Isle of Wight, England. These large rodents are found in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. They live in burrows where they congregate during the day and come out to feed at night.


  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 1 year ago

    Lets dance! :) What a beautiful little animal….his teeth are so sharp, excellent photo Krys!

  • Thanks Ellen! An older cousin to your ratties I think! ;o) Hope you’re all well! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 1 year ago

    Only if you lead, you masked rascal :-)
    Great capture of this interesting critter Krys.

  • Thanks Richard! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 1 year ago

    Too darn cute….

  • Thanks Al! Do you see any Mountain Vizcacha where you live in Ecuador?

    – Krys Bailey

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    They come out to DANCE at night… why not?? What a cute little nugget.

  • You summed it up beautifully, Sheila! Many thanks! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 1 year ago

    Great shot Krys! but I think I’ll pass on the dance! ;O)))

  • Thanks Linda! She’s probably got two left feet anyway…………. ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 1 year ago

    This looks a lot like a chinchilla. Great capture. :o)

  • Thanks Bunny! Indeed, this is a big relative of the chinchilla. I believe the only reason vizcachas weren’t hunted for their fur is because unlike the chinchilla, they moult. ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 1 year ago

    Mountain Vizcacha? No I have never had the privilege of seeing this apparent rabbit mutation… lol.

  • The mountain vizcacha is much plainer than this lady here. More like a giant chinchilla. We saw some of them in the Atacama in Chile and in Peru, even at Machu Picchu. Apparently Ecuador has its own subspecies of these critters so worth keeping a look out for them in high rocky places (they like to sunbathe). As an ex-chinchilla mum, I’d love some as pets……….. ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyjabout 1 year ago

    Fantastic capture

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    LOL . . . cute!!

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 1 year ago

    haha a super capture,well done Krys,dawnx

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