Life Span of Chinchillas

chinchilla 5The web browser searches said that chins are to live 15 to 20 years only. The usual chin body feature is gray in color, and sometimes beige, or black. The size of the body by length is from 8 to 11 inches and weighs ranges from 0.8 to 1.3 pounds. They have big eyes, same with the ears that are also big. They have four sharp incisors that grow continuously. They have short tail and sometimes long tail but very rare to find. They are found in Andes Mountains and is said very rare to find in the wild due to many good intentioned humans who willed to keep chins as a pet. Chinchillas for sale nowadays are known but you have to be very choosy as it is taking responsibility.

In the wild, chins can live for 8 years according to studies. In homes, zoos, or legit pet stores, life span reaches 15 to 20 years. The reasons why it is only estimated for 15 years is because it depends on how they will be taken care of. Check the reasons listed below.

  • They are from good blood. It means that the chins’ parents are good and healthy breed.
  • They are watched from the moment they were born. So as expected, their health concerns are recorded. It means that the health changes and behavioral changes can be easily noticed and treated.
  • They have comfortable housing or caging. They are staying in a cool place, not exceeding to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. They are mostly posted in air-conditioned room to avoid heat stroke attacks.
  • They have good supply of hays as food or pellets. Sometimes they are fed with chetos, pizza crust apple or raisins. In that matter, they are much healthier by food intake.
  • They have clean water supply. Clean water keeps them away from diarrhea and other digestive issues.
  • They have different vitamin or mineral supplements that keep them healthy and well by immune system aspect.
  • They have good chews. They have proper woods to bite to strengthen their teeth or fangs. As their teeth need to be healthy, it keeps them away from loss of appetite, gum, mouth diseases or infections.
  • They have regular veterinary visits for check-ups. Meaning, they are tracked or maintained healthily. Any unusual behavior, or weakness is treated as soon as possible that is why, worsening is prevented.
  • They have proper training. Having training is a good step to healthy living for a chin. From the moment they were born, training in their drinking, eating, time of play, time of sleep, time of exercise and time of gaining trust, the bonding.

chinchilla 6Chinchillas for sale have a great opportunity of living for many years than chins in the wild. Here are the reasons why chins in the wild have lower chances to live:

  • They have no permanent shelter. They stay where they feel cold. It must be under big trunks or roots or caves. When they feel hot and there is nowhere to stay, they might suffer heat stroke. If they survive, better. But 30% chances of living is estimated resulting to not reaching atleast 8 years.
  • They have insufficient foods. Aside from the dry leaves, they may eat, hays are very rare to find in the wild. As pets are supplied with proper and healthy food, chances of being hungry and weak is very low. Chins in the wild are 60% unhealthy, maybe malnourished or suffering from digestive problems. It could be fatal and since there is no treatment is given in the wild. Losing them is counting.
  • They don’t have clean water. They are lucky if they found a good source of water, but this happens very often in the woods. They usually depend on mountain dews or rain water. But they don’t go wet, they know by instinct that they can’t dry themselves easily.
  • They don’t have any supplements to support their body needs at all. All vitamins and minerals are highly recommended as they are blocking any diseases that may attack them. Since there’s no guardian out there, no support at all for these chins.
  • They don’t have any check ups. In the wild, they grow by themselves, no one is watching over them, no treatment will be given and no cure to any diseases.

See the differences of living in the wild and as a pet. It is obvious that pets or well taken-care-of chins can live longer than the ones in the wild.

A great record breaking news was once flashed about a chin named Bouncer. He was owned by Jenny Ann Bowen of United Kingdom, and recorded as the oldest chinchilla ever. Bouncer was born on July 1 1977 and died October 3 2005. He lived for 28 long years and 94 days to total. He was in Guiness World Record claiming the oldest chinchilla recorded.

Of course, criticisms and questions existed, many have doubted since the known longevity they can live is only up to 20 years. But since the date of birth is known as per the seller told Miss Bowen, it is valid. It was more proven when chinchilla specialist studied and agreed that it was really old. Now theories of chins having up to 20 years of lifespan has changed. In most researches you will see 15 to 20 years, but there is no assurance to any statement.

DSC03079-293wThe conclusion we could have is that the pet-type of chins are really open to chance of living longer than usual. Reviews shown that many showed saying they have 24 years old chin, 19 years old chin or 15  years old chins. They are  all pet-type chinchillas.

When it comes to human, we live longer if we live healthy, no vices and not entertaining any negative thoughts. It also goes with pets, if they live healthy, they will live longer. There should be no harmful matters around them, no unhealthy drinks or food intakes, comfortable shelter or there must be proper guardian to watch over them.


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