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Lesser Grison

Lesser Grison Range Map (South America)
Lesser Grison Range Map (South America)

Latin Name Galictis cuja
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Grey
Length 28 - 51 cms (11 - 20 inches)
Tail 12 - 19 cms (4.7 - 7.5 inches)
Weight 1 - 2.5 Kgs (2.2 - 5.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Lesser Grisons have a body length between 28 and 51 cms (11 - 20 inches), a tail length between 12 and 19 cms (4.7 - 7.5 inches) and they weigh between 1 and 2.5 kgs (2.2 - 5.5 lbs).

They have a long, slender body and short, stocky legs. They are grizzled grey in colour with a black underbody, face and legs.


Lesser Grisons can be found in a variety of habitats in South America. They are usually found near water and they live in rocks, under tree roots or vacated burrows. They are usually solitary but can be found in small groups of 2 - 3 individuals.


Grisons mainly feed on small mammals, amphibians, birds, small reptiles, invertebrates , eggs and fruit.


After a 40 day gestation period, female Lesser Grison give birth to 2 - 4 young.


Predators of the Lesser Grison are unknown.


Subspecies of the Lesser Grison include:

Galictis cuja cuja
Galictis cuja furax
Galictis cuja huronax
Galictis cuja luteola

Interesting Facts

Grison comes from the french "gris" which means grey.

Similar Animals

Greater Grison


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