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What is the guinea pig's scientific name?



A. Guineus porcellus
B. Cavia porcellus
C. Guineus piggeus

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Asked by Triciapuppy, Last updated: Jul 03, 2020

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L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny, Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered Aug 27, 2018

The answer is B.) Cavia porcellus. Guinea pigs are sometimes called cavy because of their scientific name. It is from the small rodent family that is mostly found in the Andes Mountains. They were at first farmed as food but when the Spaniards arrived in the 1500s, they kept the guinea pigs as pets due to their small in size and docile nature.

And today, these small and friendly rodents are still being bred and kept as pets all around the globe. One can easily distinguish a guinea pig from other rats species. They have a stout and small body with no tail, they also have a large head and short legs. Some guinea pigs have short fur while others have long, silky hair. Domesticated ones can live as long as 15 years.

 

triciapuppy

Triciapuppy

Answered Aug 28, 2017

Cavia porcellus
 

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