Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke

Paul Stewart, DVM

(540) 989-4464


Did you know...

  • The chinchilla was named after the Chincha people of the Andes region of the Andes Mountains in South America.
  • Chinchillas are nocturnal - so be prepared for your pet to be very active at night.
  • Chinchillas can NOT have fleas or ticks. Their fur is just too dense having 80-100 hairs per follicle.

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  • Life expectancy: 7 - 19 years
  • Free choice Timothy Hay, appropriate measured amounts of Oxbow Chinchilla pellets and a tbsp-sized portion of appropriate greens such as romaine, spring mix, dandelion greens, escarole, endive, green leaf lettuce.
  • A very large enclosure (4’x4’x3’) with shelves, a wooden nest box and dry clean bedding (aspen or Care Fresh). Provide 50-60 degree temperatures optimally.
  • Cost: $100 - $250
  • Do not overheat. Higher than 80 degrees can be fatal.
  • Health tips: Annual veterinary check-ups are needed to evaluate and optimize overall health, dental condition, diet and husbandry. Provide daily dust baths with appropriate chinchilla dust for 10 minutes.