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Chinchilla  Breed
Chinchilla Stats
Scientific Name:  Chinchilla laniger or Chinchilla brevicaudata
Size:  Slightly larger than a guinea pig. The average pet chinchilla weighs 1 to 1.5 lbs
Origin:  Andes Mountains in regions such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru
Life Expectancy:  10 to 20 years
Temperament:  Chinchillas are energetic, curious and smart. Most chinchillas do not enjoy being held or cuddled.
Varieties:  Standard blue gray (naturalle) is the most common color. Other colors include: beige, black, black velvet, brown velvet, charcoal, ebony, mosaic, sapphire, violet and white

Chinchilla Species Profile

Chinchillas are South American rodents known for their agility, soft fur and lively temperament. They require frequent dust baths to keep their coats soft and shiny. Most pet chinchillas are of the species Chinchilla laniger. Descended from Chilean chins, this species is characterized by large ears and a long tail.

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