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

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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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Chinchillas like to chew power cables. But why?

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Can chinchillas develop diabetes?

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[PICK TWO] Your chinchilla is sitting with its ears pointing back towards its back, rather than sticking up. Its eyes are half closed. Does this mean...

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What's the difference between alfalfa hay and timothy hay?

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How can you stop a chinchilla chewing wires when it's outside its cage?

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Can your chinchilla live without fleece, substrate, or other bedding? Just on the wire bars of its cage?

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Can you keep a chinchilla without a cage?

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Roughly how much fat should a chinchilla have in its diet?

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