Looking for Chinchilla facts? Here we will look at a few of the common and not so common things about these cute fluffy animals that are a kind of exotic pet, but not in the unusual rather than the tropical sense.
So let’s have a look at what chinchillas are and how they live in their natural wild habitat. Then you can answer the question of whether you might actually like to own a chinchilla as a pet.
Also, how to care for a chinchilla? What size chinchilla cage to buy? And what accessories like chinchilla wheels you need to keep your pet chinchilla fit and healthy.
7 Chinchilla Facts
1. There are two living species of chinchilla, although it is believed that all the domesticated chinchillas stem from one of those species.
2. Both chinchilla species are critically endangered because of the fur trade, which dates back to the 16th century and requires up to 150 pelts for one coat alone.
3. Chinchillas can jump up to 6 ft.
4. In the wild they live in rock crevices or burrows.
5. In the wild they eat plant leaves, fruits, seed and small insects.
6. They live in social groups as a herd.
7. They have a pregnancy that can take up to 111 days, resulting in chinchillas being born with full fur and eyes open.
Top 5 Chinchilla Care Facts
1. Chinchillas require a lot of exercise, so you will want to make sure they have a large cage that they can freely run and jump around in, and consider buying some exercise accessories. You may also want to let them come out of the cage for at least 30 minutes each day.
2. Their teeth constantly grow and need to be grinded down, otherwise they will become unable to eat. You can get them things like a pumice stone, chewing toys and wooden sticks to help with this.
3. Chinchillas lack the ability to sweat, so it is important to keep them at a temperature under 25 degrees Celsius or 85 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent them overheating. When they are hot they route their blood to their ears in an attempt to dissipate the heat. So if you notice their ears going red, you need to reduce the temperature in the room.
4. Chinchillas need to bathe a few times a week. They do not do this in water, they do this by rolling around in special dust made of fine pumice, this is usually marketed as chinchilla dust or alternatively chinchilla sand. The chinchilla dust will usually be placed inside a dust bath. The dust helps absorb the oil and the dirt that has got into their fur.
5. Chinchillas only need be fed high quality pellets and some loose timothy hay to meet their dietary needs. They can’t process fatty or high protein foods very well, so only feed “chinchilla treats” very sparingly once in a while.
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