Origin: Andes Mountain of South America
Latin Name: Chinchilla chinchilla
Habitat: Burrows and rock crevices in desert areas
Diet: Plant leaves, fruit, seeds and small rodents
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
Average Size: Weight: 0.50 Kg., Length 30cm
Chinchillas are rodents who are prized for their luxuriously soft fur. They come in a variety of colours including silver, white, beige and black. They have short ears, bushy tails and muscular hind legs. Chinchillas are closely related to the guinea pig and the porcupine.