Chinchilla By: Kirsten Knutson. Chinchilla. By: Kirsten Knutson. Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia Family: Chinchillidae Genus: Chinchilla. Shape: Size of small Rabiat Length: Body 22.5 - 38 cm Tail 7.5 - 15 cm
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Shape: Size of small Rabiat
Body 22.5 - 38 cm
Tail 7.5 - 15 cm
Height: 12 inches
Weight: 1.3-4 pounds
Colors and Markings:
White, Black, Beige, Tan, Brown, Pink White, Violet, Sapphire, and EbonyDescription of the Chinchilla
Part of World: Chinchillas come from the Andes Mountains of South America
Environment: Cold areas prefer under 75°F, prefer places that are quiet and peaceful
Chinchillas are omnivores
Meat: Chinchillas do not eat meat
Plant: Chinchillas often eat plants that belong to the cactus family in the wild but when in captivity or kept as pets they are usually feed hay
Fruits: Chinchillas can only eat fruits every so often or they can get diseases
Number of: 2-3 born each litter
Gestation: From 109 to 120 days
When Born: Usually in winter or early spring but doesn't have to be born at a certain time
Care of: Chinchillas are taken care of by the mother. After an hour or so the chinchilla will no longer need the mother as it will start to play around
Chinchillas are very social and usually stay in packs. Females will be rough with other females and also some males as well. The chinchillas packs consist from within 4 - 300 pups in the wild
Temperament: A chinchilla can be rough and mean until trusted
Habitats and Unique Behavior: When frightened chinchillas will shed hair. Chinchillas communicate with a variety of chirps, squeaks, and barks.
Defenses: Includes spraying urine and releasing hair so predators can not grip the chinchilla.
Acquiring Food: Chinchillas will find food by sniffing out plants, in wild chinchillas will search food in colonies.
Life Span: 10-15 years
Chinchillas were first found in the 1600's by Spanish conquistadors. They were then hunted for their fur. They were almost became extinct due to the hunting for fur. In 1923 M. F. Chapman rediscovered the chinchillas and brought 12 back with him to the United States even though laws forbid the capturing of chinchillas due to close extinction.
Very common as pets. Chinchillas are still raised and killed for the fur industry. Chinchillas still live in the wild and are endangered.
1524 The Spaniards discover the Chinchilla.
1591 The first written record of Chinchillas appears.
1829 The first "Lanigera" comes to London Zoo, the first held in captivity worldwide
1865 "Lanigera" shown for the first time at Hamburg Zoo in Germany
1923 With 12 animals M. F. Chapman begins his Chinchilla Ranching.
1936 Establishment of the first Chinchilla organization NCBA
1949 Establishment of the Chinchilla Association of America (C.A.A.)
2004 Fur farming made illegal in the UK following new legislation
Chinchillas are kept as pets and are sold for fur to be made into coats, hats, etc.
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