Friday, October 26, 2007



Chinchillas are nocturnal (active at night), herbivores (planting eating animal), clean, practically odorless, do not support fleas or other pests and require little housing area. Adults weigh 18 to 30 ounces or more and can live up to 20 years of age. The fur of this animal is incredibly soft and plush. Microscopic examination of an individual hair follicle reveals that it is composed of 80 to 100 hairs. The original fur color of the Chinchilla in the wild was mottled yellow-gray. Through selective breeding, the standard color has been developed into an attractive and appealing blue-gray. Other colors such as Ebony, Silver, Black Velvet, Sapphire, Beige, White and Afro-Violet have emerged as mutations of the original standard color.

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