Mates in spring and after a 9 week gestation period has 3-7 pups.
They live in the Chilean Patagonia and Argentina. In Chile it can be found in the region of Aysen and Magallanes down to the Magellan Strait.
Its colour can be black, dark brown or light brown. The distribution and quantity of white hair is variable. There are specimens with a completely white tail.
Steppe and Shrub areas.
They are omnivorous, eating insects, worms, rodents, fruits and plant roots .This animal is an excellent digger; it makes its own den and digs the ground in search of food. It defends form its enemies by launching a foul liquid, that is highly irritating to skin, from their anal glands.