Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chincillaaaaa!

In nature, chinchillas live in social groups that resemble colonies but are properly called herds. Chinchillas can breed any time of the year. Their gestation period is 111 days, longer than most rodents. Due to this long pregnancy, chinchillas are born fully furred and with eyes open. Litters are usually small in number, predominately twins.


b'aaaaaw

Chinchillas can be found in a variety of colors including the standard gray (the only color found in nature), beige, white, ebony, and many others. They instinctively clean their fur by taking dust baths, in which they roll around in special chinchilla dust made of fine pumice. In the wild their dust is formed from fine ground volcanic rocks. The dust gets into their fur and absorbs oil and dirt. These baths are needed a few times a week. Chinchillas do not bathe in water because the dense fur prevents air-drying, retaining moisture close to the skin, which can cause fungus growth or fur rot. A wet chinchilla must be dried immediately with towels and a no-heat hair dryer. The fur is so thick that it resists parasites such as fleas. The fur also reduces loose dander, making chinchillas hypo-allergenic.


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13 comments:

  1. wth.. @idowhat.... they are not rat, they are fucking rabbit

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  3. I just fell in love... Is that yours, mate? And what should I know, seriously, before getting my own? Love the blog man, don't stop the awesome OC.

    I'll name him Gadget, perhaps...
    -JKane

    p.s. also, if you check your blog setting, you can turn off image verification. Hope that helps. :)

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  4. Oh God. So Cute. This is making me want to to have a Chinchilla again.

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  5. :DDDDDDD I'm getting a chinchilla!!

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