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Chinchillas, Sugar Gliders, Prairie Dogs, and Hedge Hogs

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What is the lifespan of a chinchilla? 10 years in captivity; can live up to age 20
What is the adult weight of a chinchilla? 400-600g
What is the body temperature of a chinchilla? 97-102 F
What is the heart rate of a chinchilla? 200-350 bpm
What is the respiratory rate of a chinchilla? 40-80 bpm
What age is the first “heat” of a chinchilla? 3-4 months old
what is the estrous cycle of a chinchilla? 25-35 days
What is the gestation of a chinchilla? 110-138 days
What is the average litter size of a chinchilla? 1-3 per pregnancy
How many litters do chinchillas have? 1-2 per year
What is the behavior of a chinchilla? Rarely bite, curious personality, gentle nature, very athletic
What rodents have 4 digits on their front feet and 3 digits on their back feet? Guinea pigs and chinchillas
Where are chinchillas from? The Andes Mountains (cold and rocky slopes) of South America
What is chinchilla's fur like? Very dense, covers the entire body; up to 90 individual hairs can come from each root
What does a chinchilla require on a daily basis to keep their coat and skin healthy? Dust bath
What are chinchillas nutrition requirements? Herbivores; large amounts of roughage and good quality pellets; small amounts of fruits, veggies, seeds, grains as treats; coprophagic (consume feces)
What are the main disorders of chinchillas? Malocclusion; skin diseases; GI diseases (esophageal choke ; bloat; hairballs; enteritis; constipation); fur ring (fur around penis); heat stroke
What is coprophagic? Consumption of feces
What is dermatophytosis? Ringworm
What is the scientific name for a sugar glider? Petaurus breviceps
Created by: lee2404