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Male Chinchilla Or Female Chinchilla

Find out how to tell the difference between a male and female chinchilla.

By Marty Hull
Posted: July 13, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: How can you tell the sex of a chinchilla? I have had mine for about a year, and I still don't know if it's a boy or girl.

A: On a male chinchilla, there is small space between the penis and the anus. On the female chinchilla, there is almost no space between the vaginal opening and the anal cavity. See pictures below.

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adult female chinchilla anatomy
Adult Female Chinchilla Anatomy

adult male chinchilla anatomy
Adult Male Chinchilla Anatomy


six-week-old female chinchilla anatomy
6-week-old Female Chinchilla Anatomy

six-week-old male chinchilla anatomy
6-week-old Male Chinchilla Anatomy

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Thank you for this it helped a lot but are the Adult chinchilla's 1 year old cause mine is .
Destiny, International
Posted: 6/1/2013 8:31:52 AM
Those chinchillas is the pictures to identify gendar are not being taken care of properly . They feet are sore and mostly likely seen to have ulcers. And the female has urine stains which can cause disease. Dust baths take care of that. Just thought if let you know
Tara, Altoona, PA
Posted: 1/16/2013 4:03:58 PM
what about 3 month old chinchilla
kipras, vilius
Posted: 5/28/2011 1:59:46 AM
Thank you SO mych for the picture of the adult male genetalia. My male chinchilla also seems to have a balding area aroung the genetalia and i was a bit nervous but now i am more secure.
Cecilia, Adelanto, CA
Posted: 9/22/2010 2:01:07 PM
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