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Chinchillas make fantastic pets, but it’s an incredible shame that they aren’t still as abundant in the wild as they used to be. That’s why we’re running a fundraiser for the benefit of Save the Wild Chinchilla Inc., a great group from the U.S. who work with local South American organizations to document, study and save wild chinchillas. If you’d like to donate, follow the link above, and if we’re successful we’ll be running plenty more.

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The Big Chinchilla Quiz

Think you know everything there is to know about chinchillas...? Take our quiz and find out!

This quiz features questions on every topic of chinchilla care, from behavior to nutrition. The questions are multiple choice, and each answer is explained. Some of the answer explanations contain links for further reading, which you can click and open in a New Tab. And if you take it again, it will come up with new questions each time!

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Do chinchillas have floating ribs?

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Do chinchillas need cage mates?

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What's the point of putting platforms in a chinchilla's cage?

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Are chinchillas marsupials?

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Can two chinchillas of the same sex hump each other?

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Can you train a chinchilla to come to you when you call its name?

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Can chinchillas become fat, or even obese?

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Exercise balls are a cute way of giving chinchillas and other small animals exericse, right?

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Whenever you walk next to your chinchilla's cage, it starts... Hopping around. And not in a normal way, but hopping really high, and bouncing off the cage walls.

What does this behavior mean, if anything?

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Do male or female chinchillas spray urine more?

And that doesn't mean going to the toilet—it means standing up, leaning back, and shooting a stream of pee at a threat. It's equal parts funny, disgusting, and an amazing use of resources.

But anyway... Do females or males do it more?

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