Chinchilla information and facts:Scientific Name: Chinchilla Lanigera
Size (L): 25cm - 35cm (10in - 14in)
Weight: 400g - 500g (14oz - 18oz)
Top Speed: 24km/h (15mph)
Life Span: 10 - 18 years
What does a Chinchilla look like?Chinchillas are medium sized rodents native to the Andes mountains in South America. Chinchillas are named after the tribe that hunted the chinchillas for their dense fur, the Chinchas. A chinchilla is therefore a fairly rare animal in its natural habitat today.
What does a Chinchilla eat?In the wild, chinchillas have been observed eating plants, fruits, seeds, and small insects. This diet could irritate the digestive system of a domestic chinchilla whose diet should be primarily hay-based. They can defend themselves by spraying urine and releasing their fur when they are under attack.
Where does the Chinchilla live?In the wild chinchillas live in south America but, some people prefer to keep them as pets. In their native habitat, chinchillas live in burrows or crevices in rocks. They are agile jumpers and can jump up to 6 ft (1.8 m).
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