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March 29, 2023 by Umair Shahid

Today we are going to go over the actual lifespan of your soft and unique rodent. Yes, I am talking about your exotic pet chinchilla.

According to my personal experience, I have seen wild chinchillas having a life span of 8 to 10 years, whereas the life span of chinchillas as pets is 10 to 20 years. The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

In this article, we are going to discuss the average lifespan of a chinchilla and what measures you can take the best care of your pet.

How long do chinchillas live?

Chinchillas can live for 20 years or more even. Yes, that’s surprising. But the average lifespan of chinchillas is mostly 12 years. Here is a fact about the oldest chinchilla named Radar. It is ridiculously surprising that this little guy lived for 29 years.

Now I am going to tell you guys about the species of chinchillas. Without any further delay, we are going straight toward the names of species, these are chinchilla langiera, chinchilla brevicaudata and chinchilla costina.

According to our research, the population we use as a pet is produced as a result of cross-breeding of langiera and brevicaudata.

  The life span of wild and pet chinchillas

Wild chinchillas have a shorter lifespan than pet chinchillas because they are more prone to be eaten by predators. So one common cause of their shorter lifespan is predation.

The other common cause is overall climate change which can cause their death. And the last cause of early death is loss of habitat.

Because of these facts, this specie is considered a critically endangered species of wildlife. However, these herbivores are very delightful rodents and enjoy jumping high in the air.

Pet chinchillas have a greater life span because they have proper arrangements of food, shelter, and other basic needs which chinchillas need more than a standard rodent.

If you are planning to adopt a chinchilla or you have already done this, then this article is worth reading. I am going to give you great points and by following these points you can simply take care of your unique chinchilla.

 There is a lot of misinformation that can mislead you which will result in improper care of your chin. This will ultimately affect your chinchilla’s lifespan.

So, you have to carefully follow the basic care tips otherwise your little guy will face the consequences. So here are the factors which can ultimately increase the lifespan of your pet.

  • Right climate

The first important thing which greatly affects the life span of a little chinchilla is climate. Chinchillas have many fur coats which makes them unable to survive in a hot climate.

A very hot environment can cause heat strokes and the death of your little chin. Chinchillas feel comfortable in an environment that has temperatures of 55 to 72 F.

  • Diet and nutrition

Chinchillas eat pellets on a daily basis that should be given to them in ceramic or stainless steel bowls. Moreover, chinchillas should always have an abundant supply of hay. I recommend high-quality Oxbow hay.

You should avoid a high-protein diet which can lead to diarrhea. However, a diet rich in fibers is ideal for this unique rodent.

Fresh vegetables are also a good option. If you find any changing in the stools of your pet then reduce the number of fresh vegetables. If this does not work, then see your chinchilla’s vet.

  • Cheer up your pet
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This is one of the most important points to keeping your pet healthy. Give a lot of time to your pet outside the cage to run and jump around, explore and play.

Cheer up your chinchilla with interactive toys and provide stimulation almost daily.

  • A large cage

As chinchillas are exotic pets and love to climb and jump, so there cages should be large and spacy. Mostly the ideal cage should have 2 stories at least.

They love to hide in dark and hidden places so there should be some sort of wooden hut in the cage.

  • Always provide your chinchilla with some sort of chewing material

Chinchillas love to chew anything that comes on their way. They have teeth like other rodents that grow nonstop so provide them either with a block of wood or bundle of hay or any other material.

Beware of electric wires which can be chewed quickly by your pet and it can be very dangerous to this soft rodent with fur.

  • Hygienic conditions

Provide food and water to your pet in stainless bowls. Keep these bowls clean otherwise, your pet can get sick.


Q Do chinchillas are good pets?

Absolutely yes! They are very affectionate and quite delicate pets. They wake up early and bathe in the sand which is quite fun. They love rolling in sand baths.

Q Is it dangerous for my pet to bite in a cage?

It actually depends upon the material of which the cage is made up of. Mostly, the cages are coated with corrosion-resistant material which when chewed can be harmful to your pet because it contains a significant amount of zinc.

They do so because their teeth grow continuously and the proper yet healthier replacement is to provide them with different fruit tree branches like apple or pear trees.

Q Are chinchillas good pets for children?

It actually depends upon the age of the child. If a child is older than 10 years then it is a safer option. Because the child is mature enough to respect the needs or mood of pet.

If a child is younger than 10 years then absolutely not. Chinchillas should always be kept in pairs, otherwise, they can be cruel.

Q How many treats can I give to my pet?

Treats should be given in moderation because they have sweet teeth. Too many sweets can make your pet ill and can lead to problems like obesity, dental problems, and of course diarrhea.


Chinchillas are very delightful yet delicate pets. The average lifespan of a chinchilla is 10 to 15 years but you can increase this duration by taking the best possible care of your little chin.


I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and have a keen interest in animal health care. Working as a veterinary content writer, I intend to stay with professional approach in producing quality content. I like research-based reading and currently seeking my veterinary profession. My hobbies are travelling to exotic places and observing nature to the fullest.

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