Chinchilla

  1. A male chinchilla is called a buck, females are called does, and babies are called kittens.
  2. They live in groups of 100 members. That is a big family.
  3. A chinchilla can survive between 10 and 14 years in the wild and between 15 and 20 in captivity.
  4. The Chinchilla has the thickest fur of all land animals with 50 hairs growing from a single follicle. One square cm. of a chinchilla’s skin contains 20,000 hairs.
  5. Chinchillas are characterized by large, round ears, a bushy tail, and very soft, thick fur.
  6. Chinchillas can grow to be 10 to 14 inches in length. Their tail is usually 5 to 6 inches long.
  7. On average, a chinchilla weighs between 2 and 3 pounds.
  8. Not a single parasite can survive in the fur of a chinchilla because of its density. Amazing right?
  9. The color of their fur can be white, grey, black, beige or silver.
  10. Chinchillas occasionally need to remove oil and moist from their fur by rolling in volcanic ash or dust.
  11. Just like other rodents, chinchilla’s teeth grow continuously. Because they chew on twigs and sticks, their teeth to get damaged.
  12. Chinchillas eat different types of grass and shrubs. While eating, chinchillas sit on it’s back feet and hold the food with it’s front feet.
  13. Chinchillas are nocturnal, active from the dusk to the dawn. The night decreases visibility and provides protection against predators.
  14. Some of the main predators of chinchillas are snakes, cats, dogs, skunks, and birds of prey.
  15. Chinchillas are excellent jumpers. They are able to jump 5 to 6 feet from the ground. Such tiny creatures can jump so high!
  16. Chinchillas have a unique mechanism to escape from predators. When they are caught, they can release a part of it’s fur to escape from the claws of predators. The missing fur will re-grow after some time. This technique is known as “fur slip”. I have never seen that before.