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drkritz19 said: Why do chinchillas have whiskers? Do they do anything for chinchillas?
Yes, chinchillas have huge whiskers! Their function is the same as on any other animal, which is basically to aid with vision by allowing them to sense things close to their face.
For a more scientific description, allow me to quote wikipedia: “Generally, vibrissae are considered to mediate a tactile sense, complementary to that of skin. This is presumed to be advantageous in particular to animals that cannot always rely on sight to navigate or to find food, for example, nocturnal animals or animals which forage in muddy waters. Sensory function aside, movements of the vibrissae may also indicate something of the state of mind of the animal.”
Chinchillas don’t have the best eyesight, so they have lots of big whiskers to make up for it.
celestial-cuttlefish said: Hey there! I've owned two chinchillas for over ten years now and just last year I got a newborn from a breeder. I bought my other two from pet stores so I'm kind of curious about something. Since the newer one is 1 year old as of this past April he's still kind of small like as if he barely grew that much. I read somewhere that chinchillas are supposed to be full grown in 8 months? I don't know….other than that, he's happy and healthy, he's just still pretty small haha.
It’s true that chinchillas reach maturity around 8 months of age, but they can continue growing until they’re 1-2 years old! And even if he doesn’t grow any more, it’s no cause for concern. Average weight is considered 500-700 grams, but in reality they vary quite a bit in size. Males are usually smaller than females so if your other two are female, you could see a size difference there!