Friday, February 18, 2011

Chinchilla


True Wild Life | 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".

7 comments:

kathleen said...

That is so cool I have been wanting one of these for a long time but now I am not sure! LOL gtg BYEE!

Anonymous said...

i have 4 chinchillas they are so sweet i hand rasining they one i brought but she was very tame my dogs play with them dont hurt them these are very loving pets if you have the time
my name is linda from iowa
i for got they have names each one knows its name fred is dad chilli is mama sissy is daugther and jr is son i enjoy them all

Senchilla said...

Feeding them nuts and sees is not recommended, as they are high in fat content and can cause bloat/liver issues. Fruits are also too high and sugar and can lead to many other issues themselves. It's best to stick to their pelleted diet and timothy hay, and have the occasional snack be an oatmeal square (unfrosted) or rolled oats (not instant or flavored).

animalcare said...

I have never been so close with Chinchilla.But recently saw couple of Chinchilla in my friend's house and they are so cute.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am doing a project on Chincilla's for my Grade 5 exhibition. May I use your photo of the baby chincilla with credit for my display board. Thanks Rachel. please post a reply.

Anonymous said...

I have a chinchilla and he is adorible his name is cortez. he loves taking dust baths but he always runs out his cage when you try to get him.i love him so much even when he keeps me up all night when i try and sleep .He always runs and chew everywhere and thing so keep your chinchilla away from things

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted chinchillas i got 2 females from the rspca not knowing that the oldest 1 of 10 months was expecting she has since given to 2 georgous girls unfortunatly i have had to seperate the 1st 2 and put them in two cages each with 2 chinchillas this has worked very well i am so pleased with them they are so friendly and love sitting on my shoulder or next to me on the sofa i couldn"t be without them

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