Habitat of the chinchilla
Habitat of the chinchilla
 
 
Close-up of a chinchilla
Close-up of a chinchilla
 
 
Chinchilla live in the mountains
Chinchilla live in the mountains
 
 
Resting on some rocks
Resting on some rocks
 
 
Algarrobilla , favorite food of chinchilla
Algarrobilla , favorite food of chinchilla
 
 
Chinchilla in a zoo
Chinchilla in a zoo
 
 
A pet chinchilla
A pet chinchilla
 
Chinchilla
Topic(s):   Alpine Animals, Endangered Animals, Mammals, Mountain Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat alpine, mountains
Diet plants
Male male
Female female
Baby kit
Group herd
Predators owls, foxes, mountain lions
Endangered yes; illegal hunting, wildlife trading

A chinchillas is a rodent. It lives in the mountains of South America. It makes its home in cracks or holes in rocks. The chinchilla lives in large groups called colonies.

The chinchilla is a small animal. It is about one foot long. It has large black eyes, big ears, a blue-gray and brown coat and a bushy tail. Its fur is very soft and about an inch long. The fur coat keeps the chinchilla warm in the cold mountain temperatures. It has short front feet with sharp nails and strong back legs. It can jump 6 feet straight up!

A chinchilla eats grass, seeds, fruits and tree bark. Sometimes it eats insects. The chinchilla has two long front teeth for gnawing food. It sits back on its hind legs and holds the food in its paws. It does not drink a lot of water. A newborn chinchilla eats plants and drinks its mother's milk.

The chinchilla is rare in the wild. It lives 8 to 10 years. Owls, foxes and other mountain animals hunt it. On farms it can live up to 20 years. The chinchilla is raised on farms for its valuable soft fur.

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