Chinchillas are either of two species (Chinchilla chinchilla and Chinchilla lanigera) of crepuscular rodents of the parvorder Caviomorpha. They are slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels, and are native to the Andes mountains in South America. They live in colonies called "herds" at high elevations of up to 4,270 m (14,000 ft). The chinchilla is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who once wore its dense, velvet-like fur. Domestic chinchillas descended from C. lanigera are sometimes kept as pets, and may be considered a type of pocket pet.
- The top incisors are missing
- Exhibits signs of dental disease
- Skull Length 6.5cm (2.6in)
- Skull Width 3.5cm (1.4in)
- Skull Height 3cm (1.2in)