A type of rodent, the chinchilla is prized for its luxurious fur. A native of the Andes Mountains of South America, the chinchilla is a fun little pet to own because it has an outgoing personality, it is naturally curious, and is fairly low-maintenance.
Chinchillas don’t make any noise but they can get feisty and nip at people if they feel threatened or are held too tightly. They can live up to anywhere from 15 to 22 years old. Not including their tails, they can grow quite big, averaging 12 inches in length.