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Long-Tailed Chinchilla

Chinchilla lanigera

Range

  • South American Andes

Habitat

  • Mountains

Diet

  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Twigs

They stay around large rocks where they can quickly hide in crevices to avoid predators.

Chinchillas are social animals that live in colonies that sleep during the day and scrounge for any available vegetation to eat at night. While domestic populations are widespread, wild chinchillas still face extinction due to hunting for their pelts as well as due to habitat destruction.

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