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Chinchillas are either of two species of crepuscular rodents of the parvorder Caviomorpha. They are slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels, and are native to the Andes mountains in South America. They live in colonies called "herds" at high elevations of up to . Historically, chinchillas lived in an area that included parts of Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile, but today, colonies in the wild are known only in Chile. Along with their relatives, viscachas, they make up the family Chinchillidae. There are also related to the chinchilla rat.

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This is my chinchilla Kobuta when she was about a month or two old. As you can tell, she really loves sleeping in spare mittens (though shes a bit too chubby now hahaha).

Contributed by Kristine Clark

Arrrrr!! Hand over the raisins and no one get's hurt!!

Hahaha, this is my chinchilla, Chucky, posing for me. He didn't really mind since I handed over the raisins afterwards.

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Chinchillas can live between 12-20 years compared to hamsters, which typically live 2-3 years.

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Chinchilla fur is so soft and luxurious that they are often hunted for their coats rather than their meat. While human hair has about 2-3 hairs in each follicle, chinchillas have 50-80! ​Can you stand the thought of anyone hurting this little guy?? I'd rather pet a chinchilla than wear them.

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He is trying to escape!

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this website shows all you need to know about a chinchilla. It gives its diet as well as heath and breeding tips. Enjoy!

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Instead of taking a bath in water like most mammals, chinchillas clean themselves using dust.This dust is made from volcanic ash and absorbs oils from the dense chinchilla hair. Usually they need a dust bath at least 3 times a week or more if they are handled often. Chinchillas are born with the knowledge of how to take one and never need to be taught how.

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Chinchillas can be trained to do tricks IF they are trained as babies.

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Information on chinchillas, this prezi is used to present to elementary schools

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Professional training in Chinchilla care

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