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long-tailed chinchilla

Scientific name: Chinchilla lanigera

Habitat: barren, rocky slopes (Andes Mountains)

Diet: grass and seeds

Life span: 8-10 years (20 in captivity)

Young: 1-6 young

Size: 500 g (1 lb)

Chinchillas are primarily nocturnal rodents who live in groups of 14-100 animals.

Chinchilla fur is very dense with 60 hairs growing from each follicle. Most mammals, including people, have only one hair per follicle. This fur keeps them warm on the cold mountain slopes. To clean their fur, chinchillas roll in dust to absorb any oily dirt.

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Long-tailed chinchilla on Animal Diversity Web


Range: mountains of northern Chile

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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