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Popular PetsChincillas


Chinchillas are active pets which are quite easy to care for and can be tamed easily, but they do require a lot of attention. They are nocturnal animals, so will only wake at night, and because they like to jump, require a large multi-level cage. Their coat is extremely soft, and they will need a regular dust bath to keep it healthy and in good condition.

Petmania Chinchilla

Two popular Chinchilla species are:

  1. Chinchilla Lanigeria will grow to about 26cm, and has will have a recognizable pointed head when looked at from the side. Their coat is a bluish grey colour.
  2. Chinchilla Brevicaudata is a slightly larger species, growing to about 32cm. Long hairs will make up its tail which will be about 10cm long. It has a shorter head that the Lanigeria and its ears particularly rounded. The fur is very fine but this thicker than that of the Chinchilla Lanigeria.

Company for Chinchillas

Chinchillas can live happily in pairs or groups or can be kept singly, but if you plan to keep two together, you will need to introduce them carefully, because chinchillas do not always get along. It is recommended that you separate the cage into two parts so that neither Chinchilla dominate the other.


The average lifespan of a Chinchilla is between ten and fifteen years.

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