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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: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

Chinchilla Location

Map of Chinchilla Locations
Map of South America

Chinchilla

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".

Chinchilla Translations

Català
Chinchilla lanigera
Deutsch
Langschwanz-Chinchilla
English
Long-tailed Chinchilla
Español
Chinchilla lanigera
Suomi
Chinchilla
Français
Chinchilla lanigera
Magyar
Csincsilla
Italiano
Chinchilla lanigera
Nederlands
Chinchilla
Polski
Szynszyla mała

Chinchilla Comments

SO Cute
"I love Chinchillas! They're so cute. I might actually do my school project of this species. I can't WAIT to learn more about Chinchillas!"
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"It's so sad that all these amazing animals are endangered "
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"I LOVE THEM AHHHHHH <3"
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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