Monday, November 12, 2007



These beautiful creatures are members of the rodent family. The Latin word for rodent is rodere which means 'to gnaw'. Fully grown they are about 12 inches long and weigh between 18 - 35 ounces, the female being bigger than the male. They are similar in size to a small rabbit with squirrel-like tails. Chinchillas have more fur per square inch than any other known animal.

Chinchillas are nocturnal animals and so they sleep during the day and become more active at night. They are easy to look after, rarely aggressive, very clean and have practically no smell at all. Their fur is so dense that they do not attract fleas or parasites. Once used to the handler they can be very affectionate and love to be scratched under the chin and behind the ears.

Chinchillas are becoming very popular pets, however, it is well to remember that they can live for up to 20 years (the average is about 10 years) and must therefore be accommodated appropriately within the home.If you do not have time for a long-term pet then a chinchilla is NOT for you.

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