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by Breena Brown

Breena Brown

on 20 December 2012

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Transcript of Chinchillas

TAMING CHINCHILLA BY BREENA BROWN WHAT YOU NEED: to know they can be great pets 2. a large multilevel wire cage with ramps(no ladders), coated, with pine shavings (NO CEDAR SHAVINGS) or a fleece blanket for the bottom. water bottle
food bowl how to take care of a solid exercise wheel your chinchilla will also need a dust bath 2-3 times a week. here's a video of some chinchillas taking a dust bath. hay CHOOSING YOUR CHINCHILLA Chinchillas do not do well around young children. This is because chinchillas have fragile bones that can be easily broken by a young child’s handling. Chinchillas can also live to be 20 years old. you should be ready to commit to take care of this animal for however long it lives. Some general considerations are that chinchillas are nocturnal and therefore most active during the night. this is a picture of a 20 year old chinchilla. you have to give them their attention during the night a younger chinchilla is easier to pet and tame, because it can grow up with you and get used to you for treats, they have to be small. A raisin is a good choice. you should only give them 2 or 3 a day chins are known to be very energetic. they should be let out of their cage everyday for at least 30 minutes or until he/she goes back into their cage for "play time" they're also known to be very good jumpers. DIET DO's and DONT'S Timothy hay Raisins/Craisins Meats and Fats Veggies, fruit, sugars or moistures Any sort of candy 2-3 Tablespoons of food per day the position for holding a chinchilla is one hand around the body, the other hand under the legs. pumice rock for chewing open toilet paper tubes Chinchillas have very sensitive digestive systems, and feeding a good quality diet appropriate for chinchillas is essential to their health. In the wild, chinchillas are naturally adapted to eating a diet that's high in roughage. They're not designed for rich or fatty diets, and such diets can easily cause serious digestive upsets. Dietary changes can also cause upsets, so any new foods should be introduced gradually. If you are changing the diet, begin by mixing a small amount of the new food with the older food, and gradually increase the proportion of the new food. FACTS Adult weight:
Males = 400-500 grams(0.881849 lbs-1.10231lbs);
Females = 400-600 grams (0.881849 lbs-1.32277 lbs) Life span:
Usual = 10 years;
maximum = 20 years Body temperature: 96.8 -100.4F, so they prefer temperatures under 75F and will easily overheat in warmer climates. Chinchillas will not thrive above 78 degrees or in humidity over 40%. Litter size: average 2; range 1-6

Litters per year: 2 Birth weight: 35 grams (0.0771618 pounds) or more Chinchillas originated from the Andes Mountains of South America. They have between 80-100 hairs per follicle, making their coat too thick for fleas. (so typically chinchillas weigh between 1-2 pounds) Chinchilla babies are called kits and are born with their eyes open, fully furred, and ready to live life. The cage should be in a quiet part of your house with good ventilation, away from direct sunlight and other hot or cold sources. Anything on or near the cage has the possibility of being chewed or eaten, so keep things at least 12 inches away from the cage. chinchillas only shed twice a year in small clumps so if you're allergic to animal fur it shouldn't be a problem.
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