Pets in the Classroom wants teachers to have small animals in their classroom. Have you thought about a chinchilla as a classroom pet? Here are some interesting facts on this furry friend!
Chinchillas are crepuscular rodents (meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk, like rabbits) native to the Andes mountains in South America. They are known for their distinctive, silky-soft fur coat. Chinchillas typically live about fifteen years, and if handled from a young age can be tame and enjoy bonding with humans. They are active and playful pets that are fairly easy to care for.
One of the most unusual things about caring for your chinchilla is that this pet requires regular dust baths. At least twice a week your chinchilla should be offered the chance to bathe in special chinchilla dust that helps to absorb excess oils and keep the coat in beautiful condition. Chinchillas seem to really enjoy their dust baths, too. They roll and flip around in the dust very enthusiastically!
Chinchillas like a regular routine for handling and feeding times. They stay healthy on a basic diet of roughage and chinchilla pellets. They like a fairly quiet environment, and need a spacious cage with a spot to hide and room to exercise. Chinchillas need to chew, so chew toys, wood blocks or pumice stones from your pet retailer should be incorporated into their environment to keep their teeth healthy.
Research this unusual classroom pet and its care to see if it’s the right choice for your classroom.
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