There are five countries that have chinchillas – Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico.

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Can chinchillas live up to 20 years? The short answer is yes, but there are a few caveats that should be taken into account. First and foremost, life expectancy for chinchillas is dependent on a variety of factors including diet, environment and health care. Second, because chinchillas are nocturnal animals, their lifespan may be shorter in captivity than if they lived outdoors in the wild. Lastly, certain conditions such as arthritis or cancer can shorten a chinchilla’s lifespan considerably even when all other factors seem to be favorable. Ultimately it is important to monitor your pet’s health regularly and consult with a veterinarian if you have any questions about their longevity.


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Chinchillas are a small, furry mammal that is native to the Andes mountains in western South America. In recent years, chinchillas have become rare and endangered due to human activity, such as hunting and deforestation. There are now estimated to be only around 29,000 adult chinchillas left in the wild. If this trend continues, by 2022 there may be no more chinchillas remaining in the wild.

Chinchilla populations are mainly declining due to habitat loss from deforestation and hunting for their pelts which are highly sought after in Europe and Asia. Some conservation groups believe that captive breeding could help save these species from extinction but until now little has been done to try to reverse the population decline on a large scale. Measures being taken include creating protected areas for chinchilla populations and restricting the hunting of these animals. However, much work still needs to be done if we want these adorable mammals roaming free once again!


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There seems to be some disagreement on whether pet chinchillas like to be held. Some say yes, others say no. I believe that most chinchillas do enjoy being held and are grooming machines as a result! A few tips for how to keep your chinchilla happy when you want to hold them:

-Have plenty of scratching posts around the house so they can scratch away; this is their favorite activity!
-Set up several soft cloths in different locations (near toys, food, water) so the chinchilla can explore and play.
-Once a day, make sure there’s a small treat nearby – usually something small like fruit or bird food minced up in water – that they can readily access if you decide to put them down.


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Chinchillas are small rodents that originate from the Andes mountains in South America. They were first brought to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th century and later went to North America. Chinchillas are fairly active animals and need plenty of space to run and play. A good chinchilla cage should have at least two perches, a sturdy chew toy, lots of nesting material, an opening that allows for easy access to fresh food and clean water, and a weatherproof cover.

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