Skip to content

Customer Service: +49 711 50438689

Free shipping from €50 (DE)

Chinchilla Blog

10 fascinating facts about chinchillas

17.06.2023 0 Comments

If you're a chinchilla owner or just a big fan of these fluffy and loveable animals, there's always something new to learn about them. Here are 10 fascinating facts about chinchillas that will make your love for them even stronger!

  • Chinchillas have the thickest fur of any land animal. Each individual hair follicle on your skin is home to around 60-80 hairs. This incredibly dense fur keeps them warm in their natural habitat, the mountains, and protects them from parasites. Their fur is so thick that it repels fleas and ticks that would get stuck and suffocate.

  • Chinchillas live longer than most other rodents. While most rodents have a comparatively short lifespan, chinchillas are the exception. On average, a healthy chinchilla can live for 10 to 20 years, and there are even chinchillas that live up to 30 years!

  • Chinchillas take dust baths. Unlike most pets, chinchillas should never be bathed in water as this can damage their thick coat. Instead, they take dust baths, where they roll in special chinchilla dust to remove excess oil and dirt from their fur.

  • Chinchillas come from the Andes. Their original homeland is the Andes in South America, where they lived in colonies at high altitudes. Therefore, they are well adapted to a cool and dry climate.

  • You have excellent hearing. Chinchillas have an excellent sense of hearing and can hear sounds from a great distance. Their large, round ears not only add to their adorable appearance, but also allow them to hear approaching predators.

  • Chinchillas are excellent jumpers. Thanks to their powerful hind legs, chinchillas can jump up to three meters high! This leaping ability was critical to their survival in their mountainous natural habitat, making them particularly agile pets.
  • Chinchillas are herbivores. They feed primarily on high-fiber hay, chinchilla pellets, and the occasional treat like raisins or dried fruit. For optimal health, they need a diet that is low in fat and protein, but high in fiber.

  • Chinchillas have a wide range of vocalizations. From barking to chirping to squeaking, chinchillas use a variety of sounds to communicate with each other and express their feelings. Understanding these vocalizations will help you better assess your pet's needs.

  • They are crepuscular. Chinchillas are most active at dawn and dusk. These are the best times to play and interact with your chinchilla, as they often sleep during the day.

  • Chinchillas are critically endangered in the wild. Despite their popularity as pets, chinchillas are currently classified as vulnerable. Their populations dropped drastically in the 19th and 20th centuries due to hunting for their fur. However, efforts are being made to conserve the wild populations.

These incredible facts underscore the uniqueness of chinchillas. Whether you're already a seasoned chinchilla owner or thinking about becoming one, knowing these facts will help you appreciate these extraordinary creatures even more!

In our shop you will find various items and accessories for chinchilla owners. From posters to cute enamel mugs to adorable chinchilla clothes for you - we have everything you need!

Prev Post
Next Post

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Chinchilla Trends

chinchilla | For keepers of chinchillas | doormat
Chinzilla organic t-shirt
CHINZILLA | chinchilla | Children's organic t-shirt

Thanks for subscribing!

This email has been registered!

Shop the look

Choose Options

Edit Option
this is just a warning