Male or Female Chinchilla: What are the differences?

All living organisms vary in different aspects, most specially in gender and individual roles. However, humans are a little more complicated in a lot of factors, but animals are just next in line. Chinchillas can be a pretty interesting topic as they somehow share some similarities with us humans in terms of gender specifications. These creatures may seem adorable and cuddly, but facts about them will leave us all in awe and wonder. Let’s take a closer look at a male and a female chinchilla. As you read through this article, look out for the differences you can spot between the two.

Chinchillas are related to porcupines and guinea pigs, but they most resemble rabbits and squirrels. Like rabbits, they have short forelimbs and long muscular legs, the only difference is that their ears are shorter and rounder, which gives commonality with squirrels. These rodents can reach up to nine to fifteen inches in length plus the size of their tails which can be at least three to six inches. They generally weigh half to one kilogram, which means they can be quite heavy. No need to emphasize their heavenly soft fur because they’re pretty much known for it.

Male vs Female chinchilla

The two genders of chinchillas look almost the same. The only way to know whether your chinchilla is a male or a female is to carefully hold their tail and gently lift it up facing you. If you see two holes with little to no gap, then it’s a female chinchilla. Now if you see a small hump and there’s at least one-inch gap before it meets a single hole representing its anus, then that’s a male one. A matured male is easier to identify because their two testicles are visible. However, younger ones’ testicles might require to be felt by the hand for they are not fully developed.

male or female chinchilla

male vs female chinchilla

A female chinchilla is more aggressive towards other females, and male chinchillas are no exception. Females are also loyal creatures because they stick to one partner for the rest of their lives. However, when she is ready to mate, a female chinchilla tends to be more dominant and authoritative. Nonetheless, there is not to worry because serious fighting is rare in the wild. As a matter of fact, chinchillas are social creatures as they live in large colonies which composed of 100 individuals.

Going back, when a female chinchilla gets impregnated, she will give birth to one to six chinchillas called litters, but most of the time the regular offspring includes only two. Other female chinchillas may step up to feed the youngsters when the mother is unable to do so. Females helping other females even in wilderness is just another lever of empowerment.

Unlike females, most domesticated male chinchillas have more mating partners and they can impregnate as many females as they want to create many offspring. But unlike other mammals, male chinchillas are more responsible for they stick around assisting young chinchillas such as babysitting and other parental duties. They can be more tamable as most of them are shy and quiet but that is still depending on the caretaker on how they handle these cute little creatures.

 Chinchilla Welfare

Chinchillas’ welfare is complex and requires a lot of effort, patience, and money. You will be obligated to take care of them under Animal Welfare Act protecting chinchillas. Chinchillas need to be taken to veterinary for their physical and dental health as well. Their teeth constantly grow so they need to chew on hays to wear those teeth down. Their fur needs intensive care such as giving dust baths twice a week and combing with a soft brush.

Before all this, you must be very careful in choosing your chinchillas to match your personality. Like humans, they have different characters and only a refutable breeder can help you pick the best and ones suited for you.

Above all else, whether we want a pet chinchilla or any other animals, it is important that we know love and compassion for other living things. These two will help us surpass any challenges that we may face in caring for another life. This way, we can all live in harmony despite our differences, and even despite our species.