Chinchilla is a rodent animals belonging to the family Chinchiliade. It grows as a pet because it is a very clean animal, not specific odors emanating, eats only vegetable feed. Chinchilla has a bushy tail, mouse ears, can be likened to a cross between rabbit and squirrel.
Chinchilla originated near Peru, Chile, Bolivia, South American Andes, living at an altitude of 2500m, in a rocky area with little vegetation.
Battery life is 10-15 years chinchilla, 500-600g weight, gestation is 111 days, 4 incisors and 16 molars (20 teeth). Three species are widespread chinchilla:
- Chinchilla langiera
- Chinchilla brevicaudata
- Royal Chinchilla
Of all species, is the most common langier chinchilla.
Chinchilla is generally active at night, but the day may have moments of activity. They are not noisy, are fast, very agile, curious and full of energy. A very important aspect for a pet is that no external parasites, having a very thick fur, of chinchilla a hair is 20 times finer than a strand uman.Dintr a single hair root out until to 120 threads. Chinchilla is a vegetarian animal eating hay and feed in general special. Chinchilla food pellets is based on special and hay (alfalfa).
Chinchilla feeding is not recommended to eat green (leaves of lettuce, cabbage) because of the risk harassment digestive tract. Or alfalfa hay diet are very important in Chinchilla, providing thus a balance in animal nutrition. The Chinchilla food fan should not miss, we recommend at least 2 times a week to feed the animal with a fan.
A chinchilla eat in a day about 30 g pellets. It may also be administered 1-2 sapatamanal ghost and a slice of apple. In cases of diarrhea, water is put dried mint tea or candied banana. Chinchilla water should be changed to 2 days, recomnada use clean water from the fountain. If you are using tap water (chlorine) must be kept a day to lose the smell of chlorine.
The space in which we place Chinchilla cage should be cleaned with a temperature between 14-20 degrees C. It is preferable that there should not have air currents or rapid temperature variations. Chinchilla cage must be large enough because the metal and Chinchilla likes to chew on and to cling to the walls of the cage. On the bottom of the cage must have a tray that can be removed to allow a quick cleaning.
Chinchilla cage must be a sand box. Chinchilla a bath in this special sand to remove excess sebum. This box is inserted at least 2 times a week and takes 15-30 minutes in the cage.