How many rodent species are there? Over 2,000. Some of the most well-known ones include mice, squirrels, rats, chipmunks, beavers, and hamsters. Chinchillas, which are related to guinea pigs and porcupines, also fall into this category. Crepuscular, they are most active at dusk and dawn. Thinking of bringing one of these critters home? Want to learn more about them? If so, you’ve stumbled upon the right page. We’ll be going over a few fun facts about chinchillas below. Keep reading to learn more about these furry creatures!
What Do Chinchillas Look Like?
Chinchillas resemble rabbits in that they have long ears. Unlike the latter, however, theirs is much rounder at the top. Native to the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, they have muscular hind legs and short forelimbs. Not only that, but they have a long, bushy tail that can add several inches to their length. As for their fur, it’s silky soft. Some of the most common colors include standard grey, white, ebony, beige, violet, and sapphire. You can learn more about them in this post.
Chinchillas are often considered to be exotic pets. Here are a few things that you might not have known about them and might want to consider before adding them to your family. After all you want to learn all you can about an animal before making them a family pet, this way you are getting the best fit for your family lifestyle.
1. They Take Dust Baths
Chinchillas are unique in that they keep their fur clean by taking dust baths. More specifically, they like to roll around in volcanic sand. For those who are wondering, no, they can’t take water baths—their fur is much too dense for that. Not only will it take forever to dry, but there’s also a chance that they can lead to skin fungus.
2. Their Vision Isn’t the Greatest
Despite the size of their eyes, their vision isn’t all that great. Instead, they use their long whiskers to feel their way around. Given that, it’s not surprising to know that their whiskers can grow to half the length of their body! If anything, it pretty much lets them “see” through them.
3. They Can Jump Very High
Chinchillas are prodigious jumpers and can easily leap 6-7 feet into the air. This isn’t surprising, though, given that they originated in the Andres Mountains. Not only that, but this feat allows them to escape predators such as snakes, lions, and birds of prey in the wild.
4. They Live Long Lives
Chinchillas have relatively long life-spans compared to other rodents. In their natural habitat, they can live anywhere from 8 to 10 years. This number goes even higher when they’re kept in captivity—that is, they can live anywhere between 15 to 20 years (assuming that they’re cared for properly).
Familiarizing Yourself With Chinchillas
And there we have it—four fun facts about chinchillas. Which one surprised you the most? Did you enjoy this post? For similar articles, be sure to check out the rest of our blog!