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Chinchilla at Wroc�aw Zoo
Chinchilla at Edmonton Zoo.
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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.

Chinchillas feed on nuts, seeds and berries. They can defend themselves by spraying urine and releasing their fur when they are under attack.

In more recent years people are beginning to keep chinchillas as pets. Chinchilla domestication occurred in the 1920s when an engineer in Chile took a group of chinchillas to California. Since then chinchillas are bred as pets and sold all around the world. When handling chinchillas, it is important to not pick them up from underneath like a rat or hamster, because they have a feature called "floating ribs". Their ribs are not fully attached to their spine and if pressure is applied upwards, the ribs could puncture vital organs and kill the chinchilla. Pet chinchillas require frequent attention as well as a supply of dust for "dust baths".


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Chinchilla Translations

Catalan Català
Chinchilla lanigera
 
German Deutsch
Langschwanz-Chinchilla
 
English English
Long-tailed Chinchilla
 
Spanish Español
Chinchilla lanigera
 
Finnish Suomi
Chinchilla
 
French Français
Chinchilla lanigera
 
Hungarian Magyar
Csincsilla
 
Italian Italiano
Chinchilla lanigera
 
Dutch Nederlands
Chinchilla
 
Polish Polski
Szynszyla mała
 

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Chinchilla Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Chinchillidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Chinchilla
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Chinchilla Lanigera
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
25cm - 35cm (10in - 14in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
400g - 500g (14oz - 18oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
24km/h (15mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
10 - 18 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Beige, Brown, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Fruit
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Dry and mountainous regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fruit, Nuts, Seeds
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Owls, Fox, Cougars
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Dense fur and long back legs

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