Chinchillas are nocturnal animals. They tend to be most active around the hours of dawn and dusk, and sleep most of the daytime hours. They are very curious explorers of their surrounding habitats (Saunders 2009). They are capable of very quick movements such as running and jumping (Spotorno et al. 2004b). It has been recorded that they can jump to heights of five meters both horizontally as well as vertically. Chinchillas are very vocal animals, using chirps, hiccups, and clucks to communicate different feelings or emotions (Saunders 2009). When under stress they may make “eek-eek” or “nyak-nyak” noises. Shedding fur is another response to stressful conditions (Spotorno et al. 2004b).
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