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Who is chinchilla?

Colors of chinchillas

What does chinchilla eat?

Cages 

 

Who is chinchilla? 

 

Chinchillas are crepuscular rodents, slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels, native to the Andes mountains in South America . They live in colonies at high altitudes. Historically, they lived in the Andes of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, but today colonies in the wild remain only in Chile. Along with their relatives, viscachasthey make up the family Chinchillidae.

 

   The two living species of chinchilla are Chinchilla brevicaudata and Chinchilla lanigera. There is little noticeable difference between the species, except Chinchilla brevicaudata has a shorter tail, a thicker neck and shoulders, and shorter ears than Chinchilla lanigera. The former species is currently facing extinction; the latter, though rare, can be found in the wild. Domesticated chinchillas are thought to have come from the Chinchilla lanigera species. 

 

   In their native habitats, chinchillas live in burrows or crevices in rocks. They are agile jumpers and can jump up to 1.8 m. Predators in the wild include birds of prey, skunks, felines, snakes and canines. Chinchillas have a variety of defensive tactics, including spraying urine and releasing fur if bitten. In the wild, chinchillas have been observed eating plant leaves, fruits, seeds, and small insects.

 

   In nature, chinchillas live in social groups that resemble colonies, but are properly called herds. They can breed any time of the year. Their gestation period is 111 days, longer than most rodents. Due to this long pregnancy, chinchillas are born fully furred and with eyes open. Litters are usually small in number, predominantly two. 

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                                                       Colors of chinchillas

 

 

1. Standard

  2. Black Velvet

 3. White Wilson 

 

 4. Beige hetero

5. Beige homozygote

5. Violet

 6. Pink White

 

7. Blue diamond

 8. Ebony light

 9. Ebony extra dark

 

 

 

What does chinchilla eat?

 

Chinchillas need feeding every day. A good quality, heavy food bowl is essential to keep the food dry and clean, and prevent the chinchilla from tipping the food on the floor of the cage. Their bowls must be cleaned after every use.

Some examples of the food bowls:

 

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Bowl

 

 Chinchillas have very sensitive digestive systems, and feeding a good quality diet appropriate for chinchillas is essential to their health. Chinchillas need for:

1. Pellets formulated specifically for chinchillas (non mixes) - everyday:
 

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2. Hay - everyday or every two days:
 

  

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 3. Fresh water with ph<7 everyday.

 4. Supplement. 

Cages

 Chinchilla is very active animal, who likes jumping, so the cage for him must be the most tall possible (more than 1 m) and  without toxic materials. Chinchilla needs for lots of shelves and a little house where he could feel himself in safe. The shelves and the house must be made of non toxic wood, because our little friends chew all that they can find! 

Examples of the cage for chinchilla:

 

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Bowl

 


Examples of cages for chinchilla: 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinchilla is very active animal, who likes jumping, so the cage for him must be the most tall possible (more than 1 m) and  without toxic materials. Chinchilla needs for lots of shelfs and a little house where he could feel himself in safe. The shelfs and the house must be made of non toxic wood, because our littles friends chew all that they can find!


Examples of cages for chinchilla:  

 

 

Chinchilla is very active animal, who likes jumping, so the cage for him must be the most tall possible (more than 1 m) and  without toxic materials. Chinchilla needs for lots of shelfs and a little house where he could feel himself in safe. The shelfs and the house must be made of non toxic wood, because our littles friends chew all that they can find!


Examples of cages for chinchilla: Chinchilla is very active animal, who likes jumping, so the cage for him must be the most tall possible (more than 1 m) and  without toxic materials. Chinchilla needs for lots of shelfs and a little house where he could feel himself in safe. The shelfs and the house must be made of non toxic wood, because our littles friends chew all that they can find!

Examples of cages for chinchilla: 

 The cage should be cleaned out at least once a week (for one chinchilla). Shelves and houses - everyday.

Our cages: