Be aware that there are two different body types for chins that correspond to the two typesor species, of chinchillas: Chinchilla lanigera and Chinchilla brevicaudata. The chinchillas living in captivity today, whether as ranchies or pets, are a mix of both types but often a chin will strongly manifest the attributes of one species over the other. For instance, the brevicaudata body shape and features photo of brevi traits in domestic chin are more puggish, blocky and stout, and brevis are usually larger and heavier than C.
All male chinchillas get hair rings and will clean themselves to get rid of them. Rarely you will find one where the chin could not retract his penis. This is a pretty extreme case, I have only had three like this in the last 16 years.
When the penis retracts itself, the fur rolls up, forming a tight ring of knotted fur that encircles the penis, causing discomfort to your chinchilla and leading to potential health problems. Also, look for these symptoms:. Hair rings may develop on any male chinchilla, though breeding and dominance mounting may increase the risk of a hair ring forming.
Keywords: breedsherbivorenatural historytaxonomy. Photo credit: Darekp via Wikimedia Commons. The chinchilla is a small mammal native to South America. Originally found in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina, chinchillas were hunted and trapped for their pelts to near extinction in the early s.
This is a delicate process, something you may need a second pair of kind hands for. Hold his bottom feet gently, but firmly. Always make sure that the penis goes back into the sheath smoothly and that no hairs get re-stuck in the process.
Hair ring checks should be done once a month. They are important to your males health. Sometimes they have trouble removing hair and other material that might gather in the sheath that contains their penis.
You've heard your male chinchilla can get hair rings, and you want to check for them. Good for you! Male chinchillas should be checked at least once a month for hair rings.
SO and I have had Brochacho, our little ball of chinchilla fur, for about three years now. Like any responsible pet owner, we conducted a lot of research before getting our first chinchilla. It seemed straight forward enough; most sources enlightened us to the same, overarching pieces of advice.
The family Chinchillidae is made up of three genera consisting of six species. Two species of chinchilla are recognized: Chinchilla brevicaudata and Chinchilla lanigera. The species kept in captivity is C.