Interesting Facts About Guinea Pigs

November 6, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

Guinea pigs came from South America, and the Incas domesticated them.

Guinea pigs may live as long as seven to nine years.

There are about 9 different species of guinea pig.

The longest living guinea pig was aged 15 years old and is listed in the Guiness Book of Records .

Guinea pigs have sharp teeth and can gnaw on just about anything available with them.

In some parts of the world, guinea pigs are eaten as food.

An average size for an adult guinea pig is two pounds.

The guinea pig pet is not at all related to the pig as we know it.

The babies are born fully developed, with fur and teeth and with their eyes and ears open.

The German word for them is Meerschweinchen, literally “little sea pigs”.

A male guinea pig is a boar and a female is a sow. Baby guinea pigs are pups.

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