Do Guinea Pigs Burrow?

Do Guinea Pigs Burrow?

Guinea pigs are one of the most beloved small animals and pets, known for their playful characters and cute appearances. But do guinea pigs burrow like some other small animals, such as rabbits or gophers?

The Natural Habitat of Guinea Pigs

In the wild, guinea pigs can be found living in open grasslands. This is why they are classified as crepuscular grazers – meaning that they feed during twilight hours when there is more food on offer in a shorter time period. When it comes to shelter, however, guinea pigs usually stick to taller grasses and shrubbery rather than digging any kind of burrows or tunnels. This means that you won’t need to worry about your pet digging up your garden!

Are There Any Exceptions?

Although many pet owners may not realise it, captive-bred guinea pigs do have a tendency to dig if given the opportunity. For example, if placed in an outdoor enclosure with access to soil or soft earth (such as sand), some may take advantage of this by creating modest burrows for themselves where they can hide from predators or simply relax away from prying eyes. However even then these burrows rarely exceed depths greater than 10-12 inches before the animal’s instincts kick in again and urge them back out into the open air!


Guineas Pig may not typically dig deep underground like other rodents but instead opt for using tall vegetation for cover; however if provided with suitable environments containing loose soil/sand etc., some individuals will make use of their natural instinctive behaviour and start excavating modest tunnels just below ground level where they can escape predators or find respite from bright sunlight/heat etc..