Surprising facts about chinchillas

Posted on Nov 22, 2022      242

Chinchillas as some of the cutest animals in nature

In the wild, chinchillas live as high as 5,000 meters - in the highlands of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia. Chinchillas’ red blood cells can carry much more oxygen than any other rodent. This allows them to cope with thin air at high altitudes.

Their normal lifespan is about 35 years, but in domestic conditions, only 20 years. Alas, even the best potential for food and care cannot replace these cute rodents’ natural environment.

The chinchilla skeleton shrinks vertically. Therefore, they can penetrate the narrowest slots and openings.

Pads on chinchilla paws are bare and rather thick, and in the wild, they allow them to move on mountain slopes with great confidence.

Chinchillas are not subject to seasonal molting, so they can be safely called the most hypoallergenic animals. These animals shed their fur only during a stressful situation or while defending themselves, leaving a piece of fur in the teeth of a predator. By the way, the chinchillas’ fur has very high density - there are up to 300 bundles per 1 square centimeter of fur, each bundle contains about 80 hairs. This fur helps them to cope with the cold climate of their native Andes. Because of the very thick undercoat, chinchillas are not afraid of fleas, mites and other parasites.

Chinchillas can jump very high - up to 2 or more meters in height! And even these creatures can sleep with their heads down like bats! This ability came about because in nature they are forced to sleep in small cracks and depressions on the side of mountains. Although they can successfully sleep on their side or even upright!

A chinchilla that lives in an apartment leaves almost no unpleasant odor - they have no sweat or sebaceous glands, and they are immaculate animals. Even their feces do not have such a pungent smell as the feces of relatives of this rodent - guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters.

Chinchillas have a rather remarkable defense mechanism: on seeing a small predator or rival, the animal gets up on hind legs, makes threatening sound and “shoots” the enemy with a stream of urine. These animals have extremely sharp incisors, but they almost never bite humans or other pets. Unless in cases of aggression on their part.

Chinchillas are monogamous animals. Their cubs are born with open eyes and can move a short distance on their own from the very first days.