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Hemisphere polyestrous with cycles averaging 41 days

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Unformatted text preview: •  High- fiber diet is important requirement •  Mazuri® Chinchilla Diet is recommended •  Water best provided in glass bottles with sipper tubes •  Chinchillas cannot vomit Chinchillas •  Biology/husbandry •  Restraint •  Grasp base of tail •  Do NOT grip the fur •  Carrying •  Hand under abdomen while holding tail •  Fractures •  Tibia fractures common Chinchillas •  Breeding •  Seasonal breeders (November to May in Northern Hemisphere) •  Polyestrous with cycles averaging 41 days •  Gestation is 111 days •  Anatomical distinctions •  No scrotum present in males •  Urogenital papilla of female can be mistaken for a penis Chinchillas •  Breeding •  Females larger and more aggressive •  May fight when not receptive to the male •  Special breeding system •  Individually housed females with tunnel system •  Females are collared •  Males free to enter and, if female aggressive, escape •  No nest for parturition •  Kits born precocious •  Fully furred, eyes open Chinchillas •  Common diseases •  Gastrointestinal disorders •  Constipation is a common problem •  Bloat...
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