All About Chinchillas

By:Kaylah Brende

What is a chinchilla?

So what is a chinchilla you’re wondering? A chinchilla is a small rodent that measure to 11 inches long. Chinchillas are pets you can keep in your home. They are also very playful pets to have.

They love when you feed them grains, vegetable, and fruits. Fruits can be a treat for them to eat sometimes. They also need hay to eat because hay is very important, because it is a big help of vitamins.

You can find chinchillas in the snow-capped Andes Mountains. You can also find them in the high valleys of Peru to northern Bolivia to southern Chile.

Chinchillas also may live up to 20 years in captivity, but in the wild they usually live up to 10 to 12 years of age.


There are many different colors of chinchilla fur, but the most common color of a chinchilla is a grey haired chinchilla, because gray is a common color to have more than black, brown, or white.

Chinchillas have a lot of history like how the Chincha and Inca Indians hunted for chinchillas for their pelts to make clothing out of, and also how they would use their meat for food in the cold, icy mountains.

Chinchillas can’t get wet because their fur is so thick that it gets heavy when it is wet. Chinchillas also have to take a bath in type of sand called chinchilla dust because they can’t get wet.

Chinchillas are great companions to have. Every one needs a chinchilla by thier side!