Chinchilla Life Span – Chinchilla Facts

by admin on July 28, 2011

For all Chinchilla lovers there is one question on the mind, how long will their Chinchilla live. Chinchilla life span can be confusing thing to research online; you will find plenty of information showing that Chins live over 20 years, and some that their pet chinchillas never passed the 5 year mark. The most common one is that they live between 15 and 20 years, while that is true for chinchillas in the wild, it is a whole different thing for chinchillas in captivity.

According to our own research Chinchillas live from 9 to 13 years in captivity, but that is only on average according to reported numbers by vets. The truth is that the life span of your Chinchilla depends mostly on you and the conditions you provided for your chin. Some chins do live 5 years and some are reported to live over 20 years, there have been chins that lived 22 or a few even living up to 25 years. So what is the secret behind long Chinchilla life span?

Playgrounds, playmates, housing and food

Basically everything a kid needs, or even an adult human for that matter. Chins are very social by nature, they are also very active, if your chin doesn’t move enough, doesn’t have toys to chew on and ramps to climb and jump on she will slow down her metabolism, eat less, lose fur even and basically she will not have her natural habitat, and in order to make their life span longer you need to replicate everything you can from their natural habitat. If you slow them down you are shortening their life, literally.

So here are some chinchilla facts that will help you make your chin feel at home and live a long playful life with you and your family:

Chins needs consistent temperature that shouldn’t go below 14 degrees Celsius or above 24C. Younger chins can handle temperatures even up to 30, but older ones can have a stroke from heat, so make sure to take care of the room temperature, this is the first thing you should know about Chins, if you can’t provide this don’t bother taking on the poor animal as you will be killing her slowly.

Don’t yell at your chin, don’t play the music or the TV too loud or place them near load animals like dogs, they are afraid of loud noises, and that will overall affect their mental and physical condition. As for the feeding, chins are army guys, they love their routines. They need to be fed the same time each day and you should not mix their food a lot. They require basic proteins found in hay and dry grass, so treats can be given from time to time on small amounts or they can upset their digestive system, which can greatly endanger their health. The thing is that chins are rodents and they will eat and nod at everything they see, and in some cases they will swallow, which can lead to some dangerous situations for your chins life. So make sure that any toys you give them are from plain wood, no paint, no plastic or wiring.

You take care of these few things and your chinchilla will have a long life span, play with her and allow her to run and climb where she feels like under your supervision and everything will be fine, you will be able to go onto pet forums and boast about your 20 year old chin.

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How to Deal With Small Black Ants in House

by admin on July 28, 2011

Dealing with ants can be a real nuisance, they tend to get in every nook and cranny, every single crack or corner of your home, and they won’t discriminate at all. In no time ants can be calling your house their home, and it’s questionable to say certain which are more troublesome, small black ants in house or giant flying ants that can easily destroy your woodwork.

Dealing with small black ants requires research, planning and patience.

Doing research requires learning what types of ants are actually causing the problem, little small black ants is not quite specific, there are dozens of types of ants that can fall into that category. So the first part is figuring out exactly what type of ants is in your house. This is a hard part, you can of course hire a professional if you have the funds to do so, but you can do it yourself.

First lookup on the internet the types of ants that can be found in your vicinity, certain types of ants only live in certain parts of the globe and some of them require weather conditions, warmth, moisture, so the time of the year is also important. Most type of ants will storm your home late spring and summer, while they will be dormant during winter times. So check everything and narrow down the type of ants that can be in your home and then look at some mug shots of ants.

This can take a lot of time, but in order to fight these black ants you need to identify them and their habits. After identifying ants you need to research their sleeping and eating habits. Sleeping habits means finding the nest and eating habits means to prepare for a fight and get rid of them for good, one way or the other.

Planning is the part that comes after all the info is acquired. You need to know where the ants nest is in order to surround it with poison or repellant so the ants would not step out and be forced to move, but that won’t guarantee that you will get rid of them for good. You also need to know what type of foods will attract ants in order to prepare a trap or to remove those types of foods so they would starve and be forced to move, again, not a guarantee that will get rid of them.

It is a common misconception that all ants like sweet foods, some don’t, they are rare in these parts but you may stumble into them, so you need to be sure. Once you have everything and know everything you can either try to get them out of your home or use boric acid in combination with their preferred food and wait until they are gone.

This is where patience comes into play; you need a certain percentage of boric acid in order to get rid of all the ants. If you place too much you will poison ants immediately which will cause other to stay away from that food, they are smart. If you place too little then you won’t get anywhere, but placing the right amount will cause the poison to act a few weeks later and catch the whole nest off guard, once they all ate it.

This is very hard to achieve, so you need to weigh your options, DIY get rid of small black ants from your house or calling a professional and paying for results,

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How to Find Strong Dog Collars

July 28, 2011

We all want the best for our dogs, best care, best food, and best collars. That can be a tough job for big and strong dogs as strong dog collars are not that easy to find, especially if you are looking for stylish dog collars. So what should you be concentrating on when looking for [...]

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