If you are choosing a pet from several animals in the same cage, please note that female chinchillas are larger than males and are more aggressive. However, when the rodent in a pet store do not forget to check with the seller the age of the puppies, because the cell can be chinchilla litters. Don't be fooled by the fact that chinchilla girls trying to stick to males for these rodents this is normal behaviour.
Carefully take animals and turn them belly up. Chinchillas external sexual characteristics are expressed not clearly, however, if you still saw eye-catching testicles in front of you is clearly male. The most reliable difference of females from males in chinchillas is the distance between the anal and urethral orifice. In males it can reach two to three millimetres, and females chinchillas distance between the urethra and the anus is almost imperceptible.
It is easy to distinguish males from females during a hunt. The girl becomes more active, refuses to eat, throws food. Her sexual organs turn pink, is clearly visible vagina, it emits a white-clear liquid. At this time, the male begins courting the female, uttering at the same funny snort. Of course, the courtship takes place only upon reaching sexual maturity, which chinchilla reach the age of seven months.
If you purchased two animals are not from the same litter, to unseat them it is necessary gradually, no matter heterosexual or homosexual they are. To begin with put their cages close to animals can get used to each other, and then start with periodically run beginner to veteran facilities. If you see that animals are configured to share a life together and I don't do fights, they finally moved in together.
Advice 2: How to determine the age of a chinchilla
Chinchilla - a small animal with thick silky fur of different color. Small size, pleasant to the touch fur and simplicity of the content allows you to live such an animal at home. When you purchase an animal it is extremely important to be able to determine its age, not to buy an old or too small, helpless chinchilla.
You will need
- electronic scale
Determine the weight of the animal. Although the baby chinchilla eating food from 5 days to 70 days of age, he still needs to eat and mother's milk. For proper growth and development of the baby is important every week of his life with his mother. Independent and capable of separate life chinchilla become at the age of 3-4 months, during this time, their weight is around 270-320 grams. If the weight of the animal less to separate him from his mother even earlier.
Pay special attention to the selection of animals for breeding. Take a large, strong and active 6 or 7 months animals. In this age of chinchilla weighs no less than 400 g and has thick hair. Keep in mind that small chinchillas very quickly gain weight but stop growing after age 24 months, when they reach 600 grams. If the animal weighs more than a pound, and the seller assures you that he is still young, do not believe!
Observe the behavior of chinchillas – old animals lose their activities appear to be more lethargic and apathetic. Young, on the contrary, frolic and fun to play. Please note on the heels of the animal, with age, the skin on them is noticeably coarse. If you see calluses on your heels - before you chinchilla grandmother. The eyes of old animals become dull and lose their Shine. Also with age changes the quality of the fur - furry coat thins, the color fades and becomes lighter.
When you purchase the animal at an early age you will have to master the artificial feeding of milk. Any balanced food is not enough for the development and growth of chinchilla. To avoid unnecessary difficulties for maintenance, make the right choice in determining the age and weight of a chinchilla.
When weighing consider the gender of rodents. Keep in mind that females are always slightly larger than males and weigh more. Also it is worth to pay attention to the teeth of the animal – to-year have a yellow-orange color.