Chinchilla Facts

Here is a carefully compiled list of chinchilla facts for you to chew your way through. Your chinchilla-loving friends will be amazed when you tell them these brilliant chinchilla facts! Enjoy!

  • Chinchillas cat jump up to 5 feet in the air - wow!
  • Chinchillas love to explore - they are very inquisitive
  • Chinchillas are originally from the Andean Mountains of South America
  • Chinchillas can shed clumps of their hair to escape predators in the wild - clever!
  • Chinchilla fur is considered the softest fur in the whole world, 30 times softer than human hair
  • Chinchillas live around 12-15 years - a lot longer than other rodents
  • Chinchillas are nocturnal creatures, and so are most active at night
  • To keep clean, chinchillas with bathe in dust, not water. They will roll around in it to their hearts' content!

To find out more about chinchillas, read our chinchilla introduction.

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