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Short-tailed Chinchilla

Facts about the endangered animal, Short-tailed Chinchilla

John Smith

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Short-tailed Chinchilla

The Short-tailed Chinchilla The Short-tailed Chinchilla is one of many endangered species in this world The short-tailed chinchilla species is endangered due to habitat loss and hunting for its fine fur. Also, their habitat is being destroyed due to mining and wood collecting, and they may also compete with other animals that graze in their habitat. Population estimates for the Bolivian subspecies are unavailable, and they are presumed rare and possibly extinct. The species is legally protected, but enforcement is complicated because of the remote areas where the animals are believed to survive. Chinchilla fur has been used to make fur coats, and it takes up to 400 chinchilla hides to make a single fur coat The Short-tailed chinchilla can be found in mountain shrub and grassland areas, at elevations between 3000 to 4000 m. They make their dens in rock crevices. Short-tailed chinchillas have a body length of 12 to 13 inches and a tail length of 5 to 6 inches. Females are typically larger than males. They may be distinguished from C. lanigera by its smaller ears and overall larger size. In addition, Chinchilla chinchilla has 20 tail vertebrae compared to 30 in C. lanigera. The soft, dense fur of these chinchillas is due to the fact that each follicle has approximately 60 fine hairs growing from it. The thick fur helps protect chinchillas from cold temperatures as well as prevent water evaporation. The End!
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