Chinchilla Chinchilla lanigera

These fluffy rodents are best known for their luxurious fur, and for good reason—up to 60 hairs can sprout from a single follicle!

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ORIGIN:
Northern Chile

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HABITAT:
Mountains

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
1-2 lbs
Length: 9-15 in

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DIET:
Insects, seeds and leaves

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PREDATORS:
Snakes and birds of prey

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Sharp teeth

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REPRODUCTION:
3-4-month gestation

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THREATS:
Habitat loss and human hunting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
10 yrs in wild

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