Chinchilla Facts – 40 Interesting Facts

Chinchillas are some of the most alluring, quiet, clean and odour-free rodents that you can have as pets. Below are some of the best chinchilla facts that you are sure to learn something from.

They’ve just been recognised as pets for around 60-70 years but have been known for their excellent coats of coat for centuries.

Should you be trying to find some entertaining and fascinating chinchilla facts to help with a school project or you may simply be interested about them, then here are ’40 entertaining chinchilla facts for children’ to allow you to get to know them that much better.

40 Chinchilla Facts

    1. Chinchilla is unable to vomit
    2. They use their front paws to hold objects and items like their food
    3. Did you know that their fur is 30 times softer than human hair?
    4. A chinchilla can jump up to 6 feet in height! They have long limbs which allow them to achieve this amazing feat
    5. They can live up to 20 years but on average live around 10 years
    6. Just like mice, rats, and guinea pigs a chinchilla is part of the rodent family
    7. It isn’t recommended to keep a male and female chinchilla is the same cage as they will mate a lot of have tons of babies
    8. In order to keep themselves cool they send blood to their large ears
    9. After being only eight weeks old a chinchilla is able to have babies
    10. A Chinchilla has the ability to see their own whiskers because they can grow as long as half the length of their bodies! They use their whiskers to feel and sense things around themselves

Chinchilla Facts

    1. In order to climb rocks and go up steep hills they use the pads on their feet to keep their grip on a variety of surfaces
    2. A chinchilla has the ability to live in cold climates and uses its dense fur to keep themselves warm
    3. They are very caring animals and will help each other if needed. For example if one female was unable to product milk and another female was it would look after and feed the other chinchilla
    4. Chinchilla has a very similar sense of hearing as humans do and can hear the same things we do
    5. They can sleep in a variety of positions such as upright, on their sides, and even upside down!
    6. In order to stay alive a chinchilla is always looking out for danger as they are an animal of prey
    7. They are fantastic climbs because they are use to living in rocky mountains and can jump up to 6 feet without hurting themselves
    8. In order to detect if an enemy is around them they use their big ears to sense and hear their enemies to avoid danger
    9. In the wild they can sleep in very small holes or spaces
    10. In order to talk with each other a chinchilla uses a series of grunts, squeals, chirps and barks

20 More Awesome Facts To Go…

  1. Chinchilla’s are social animals and would rather live with other chinchillas then alone
  2. Chinchilla’s are vegetarians and cannot eat meat at all
  3. A chinchilla likes to eat grass, hay, and pellets
  4. Their cage needs to be very tall as a chinchilla enjoys to climb and jump a lot
  5. A chinchilla does not bite and loves to be handled and held
  6. The main color of a chinchilla is silky grey. They however also have beige, black, white, and ebony fur
  7. Chinchilla’s are very small animals and are the size of a large squirrel or a baby rabbit
  8. In the wild a group of chinchilla’s living together can grow up to 100 members
  9. A chinchilla is a great pet for people who have lots of allergies as their fur does not contain allergens as parasites are unable to live in their dense fur
  10. Chinchilla fur is extremely dense and has as many as 50-80 hairs growing out of one follicle compared to only 2-3 hairs coming out of one follicle in a human
  11. Their fur is the softest fur of any land mammal and they were hunted in the past because of their fur
  12. A chinchilla’s teeth can grow as much as 12 inches per year and never stops growing
  13. In order to keep their teeth in check they grind their teeth on objects all the time
  14. A Chinchilla can overheat very easily and should be taken care of with care in hot temperatures
  15. They make great pets as they cannot get fleas and do not require vaccinations. However they do require specialists vets
  16. Their red blood cells can carry more oxygen then other rodents which allows them to live in high mountain areas where they can still easily breath with less oxygen
  17. In order to defend themselves an angry or scared chinchilla will pee on you
  18. A chinchilla’s fur is fine but also very dense. If you were to close your eyes and pet a chinchilla your nerves would not register the contact
  19. Chinchilla’s are nocturnal creatures and therefore are awake at night and sleep during the day
  20. Instead of taking a water bath a chinchilla will take a dust bath to clean themselves. Since their fur is so dense they will not get dry if they take a water bath