Chinchillas originated from the Andes Mountains in South America. They can live 15-20 years and are mainly nocturnal. Because of their coat, they can easily overheat and should be kept in temperatures of 75oF and lower. Their think fur also prevents water for drying, so dust baths are needed to remove any oil or moisture. Chinchillas are good jumpers and require a large cage with a solid bottom and ramps. They are very fragile and do not make the best pet for small children who tend to squeeze.