The chinchilla is a small rodent closely related to the squirrel.  It looks somewhat like a long-tailed rabbit, but with smaller ears.


When it is full grown the chinchilla is only about half the size of a rabbit.  Its native home is in the high, cold mountains of South America.

Chinchillas are shy little animals.  At the least alarm they scamper to the safety of their burrows among the rocks.  But they soon stick their heads out to see what is going on.

They sleep during the day and come out of their burrows of dust to feed on roots and grasses.  They hold food in their front paws and nibble it just as squirrels do.

Chinchillas are very valuable because of their thick bluish-grey for that makes beautiful fur coats.  For this reason there are not many wild chinchillas left.  Most of them have been trapped for their soft warm fur.

Chinchillas are now raised on farms for their fur just as mink and foxes are.   – Dick Rogers