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Housing for your Chinchilla

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Here are a few tips for the best possible housing for your chinchilla. Its housing should:

  • provide a cool and dry environment (optimal temperature is 50-68 F with humidity less than 40%)
  • provide space for a dust box
  • include a hiding box in a top corner for sleeping
  • be separate for each chinchilla
  • include suitable substrates, such as shredded paper (non-inked), recycled newspaper composite materials or pellets, hardwood chips or shavings and compressed wheat straw. Cedar chips should be avoided as they may be toxic
  • have multi-level perches or pesticide-free branches for climbing
  • be as large as possible as chinchillas are active, agile creatures
Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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