[Growth and reproduction of the chinchilla-age at vaginal opening, oestrous cycle, gestation period, litter size, sex ratio, and diseases frequently encountered (author's transl)]

Jikken Dobutsu. 1977 Jul;26(3):213-22. doi: 10.1538/expanim1957.26.3_213.
[Article in Japanese]


The paper deals with observations on growth and reproduction of the chinchilla in recent 4 years started from 1966 at this laboratory. There were large variations in age of vaginal opening (less than 71 days-308 days) with an average of 173.2+/-57.6 days in 45 females. The average length of 100 oestrus cycles in 24 females was 35.7+/-7.9 (15-62) days. The mean period of 5 gestations in 5 females was 110.4 (108-112) days. Eighty-one out of 123 litters were born between March and August during 3 years, and parturition never occurs in December. The most suitable season for reproduction of chinchillas may be from January to April, and a summer anoestrous seems to be present in August to early September as reported by Weir. The litter size ranged from 1 to 4 with a mode of 2 (46.3%) and an average of 1.90+/-0.76. More male kids were produced at birth at this laboratory, and sex ratio was 133.7 (98 females and 131 males). In 1973, 37 chinchillas gave birth to 71 kids with an average litter size of 1.92, and 59 of them were successfully weaned (1.59 per litter). Of these kids, 50 (1.35 per liter) attained 240 days of age (adulthood). Among 91 subjected to investigation for causes of death, 23 (25.3%) were dead during newborn period, and 9 and 5 adults were dead of malocclusion (9.9%) and the prolapse of rectum respectively.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chinchilla / growth & development
  • Chinchilla / physiology*
  • Estrus
  • Female
  • Litter Size
  • Male
  • Malocclusion / mortality
  • Malocclusion / veterinary
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproduction*
  • Rodent Diseases / mortality
  • Sex Ratio
  • Vagina / physiology