All About Chinchillas

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Chinchilla Facts and Figures

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In the wild Chinchillas are known for their jumping abilities.

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Up to 6 feet in the air to avoid dangerous predators like snakes and skunks.

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When they are born they are fully developed - completely covered in fur and eyes wide open, this is due to their long pregnancy.

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Pregnancy usually lasts up to 111 days and when born they usually have twins!

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They can't sweat so if a chinchilla gets overheated it can suffer from a stroke!

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How hot is hot for these little guys... 80 degrees! Also, a sign of them overheating is if their ears turn red.

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They take pumice dust baths due to the how thick their fur is. This dust comes from the volcanic region where they're from and helps to soak up the oils and dirt in their fur

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If they get wet their fur is so thick they may never get fully dry! This trapped moisture can cause fur rot and fungus!

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Fur fact...it's so thick these guys don't get fleas

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Making the chinchilla one of the only house pets, of the rodent family, hypo-allergenic.

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Pregnant females have a tendency to have mood swings so beware, momma needs some space!

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A chinchilla that's just given birth can mate again within the next 72 hours!

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They prefer the night time. They're most active and alert during dusk so you might pick this time to bond with your pet.

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Weight is usually around 1.4 lbs and their babies are referred to as kits.

Chinchilla Photos

Rare and Wild Chinchilla...
Endangered Chinchilla

Endangered Chinchilla

Domesticated Chinchilla...
Domesticated Chin

Pet Chinchilla

Silver Mosaic Chinchilla...
Silver Mosaic Chin

Silver Mosaic Chin

Rare Black Velvet Chin
Black Velvet Chinchilla

Rare - Special Breeding

Gray Chin...
Gray Chin

Most Common is the gray chin

Sapphire Chin...
Sapphire Chinchilla

Most difficult to breed - Has a blue sheen color

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July 17, 2010 | Comments Closed