- How to know the gender of a chinchilla
- Ways for the "lazy"
If you were presented with a chinchilla, but did not specify what gender it was, or your pets gave birth and you want to understand how many boys are in the litter and how many girls, then the tips from this material can help you with this.
How to know the gender of a chinchilla
Finding out the gender of a chinchilla is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. Moreover, there are several ways to determine the gender of these animals.
If there are female chinchilla and male chinchilla, which are much older, they will naturally be larger. In addition, the size depends on the health of the animal and how it was fed.
Females, in addition to being larger than males, have more agility and temperament. Perhaps for this reason, in a couple they are the leaders.
If you saw that two chinchillas are trying to mate, do not rush to conclusions about who the boy is here and who is the girl. The animal behind is not necessarily a male. Since females lead in pairs, sometimes they tease their partners by imitating their movements during intercourse.
The most accurate way to determine the sex of an animal. Inspection should be carried out very carefully, while the chinchilla should not be stressed. Take the animal in your hands, stroke it, caress it, talk to it in a soft, low voice. Then grab the animal by the scruff of the neck and turn it upside down so that the animal is facing you.
Next, you need to carefully pull the skin away from the place where the genitals are, so you will expose them for inspection. Find the mound near the tail, gently press simultaneously on this mound and on the stomach. Now the main thing: do not try to find differences in the appearance of the genitals of chinchillas. Both males and females look the same, even in adults, so you will not see the testicles or vagina. The testicles in males are located in the body cavity.
You can distinguish gender only by the distance from the anus to the genitals. In the male, this distance is approximately 4 mm, in females there is practically no crotch, and the maximum distance between the anus and the urethra does not exceed 1 mm. It can be said that these two organs form one whole.
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Ways for the "lazy"
If you decide to consult a veterinarian, first you need to find out how good a particular specialist is. Contact only a clinic with a strong reputation, otherwise the animal may be injured or very stressed.
Ask your veterinarian if he has ever examined and treated chinchillas. Such a question may seem absurd in a large city, but in small peripheral cities, this animal is not common, so it is quite possible that a specialist with considerable experience knows only book theory about chinchillas.
If the vet dealt with these animals, everything will probably go well. He knows how to handle them, and you can fully trust the results of the inspection.
Now about the sellers. It is better to even consider the option of a merchant in the bird market, there should not be contacted at all. Firstly, you run the risk of acquiring a sick animal, and secondly, you don’t know absolutely nothing about the competence of such a “specialist” in the field of gender determination, it makes no sense to rely on his words.
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