Chinchilla (Chinchilla Lanigera and Chinchilla Chinchilla )
The Chinchilla is native to the Andes mountains and was named after the Chincha people. Chinchilla translates to “little chincha.” Chinchillas are around 10-14 inches and weigh about 2 to 3 pounds. They have the softest fur of land animals and use a technique called “fur slip” to escape predators. Since their fur is so soft and dense, it repels parasites and makes them hypoallergenic. In response to their super soft fur, the native tribes of the Andes have hunted them to near extinction. The two living species of Chinchillas are the Chinchilla Lanigera who are still found in the wild but are rare and the Chinchilla Chinchilla who are nearly extinct. By nature the Chinchilla is an extremely social animal who can live in colonies of 100+ Chinchillas. They can communicate through grunts and high pitched barks. When kept as pets, Chinchillas need lots of toys and space to run.