Chinchilla is a rodent with a long life span and is available in many colors.Chinchillas are cute pet animals which can be grown at home. When selecting the chinchillas it is quite normal for people to choose a color based on their preference. Chinchillas are available in so many colors as a result of mutations from time to time. The initial chinchilla color was that of the wild chinchillas.
Now there are different colors in the chinchillas. The common color in the chinchilla is bluish-grey coat. The breeders have developed the color mutation in the chinchillas. There are eight colors which are recognized in the rodents.
- Standard Grey Color Chinchilla
This is the original color mutation. This is commonly found in wild chinchillas. The hair of this chinchillas is with three colors. Blue grey at the base, white bar in the mid-section and black at the tip. The pattern of this color is agouti.
- White colored chinchillas
There are different color mutations but white serves as the best one with its fur. The eye color of the white chinchillas is black or ruby. It depends upon the mutation produced. The white chinchillas have their entire body in white color. However, the actual color of those chinchillas is not white. The pigmentation of the color shows them as white.
- Heterozygous beige colored chinchilla
The color mutation in this rodent appears in 1960. The eyes of the rodent are in ruby. The ears, nose and feet are in pink color. Tower beige is another name of this rodent.
- Homozygous Beige chinchilla
The heterozygous and homozygous are the similar type of color mutations. It has lighter coat. The eyes of the rodent are red in color. The belly is white. The ears, nose and feet are pink.
- Violet color chinchilla
In 1960’s this color mutation has appeared. It first appeared in Africa. The color of the belly in these chins is white. It has a coat with soft colored ‘purple hue’. It has black eyes and the ears are ‘dove-grey-pink’. If ebony and violet are crossed then it will produce a ‘violet wrap’ rodent. It will differ from the other usual white rodents and it has a violet belly.
This rodent looks good to see under the light. In 1963 this color mutation has first appeared. It has a soft coat with ‘blue hue’. It has a white under belly and black eyes. The ears are in ‘dove-grey-blue’.
In 1950’s this rodent color mutation appeared at first. This is similar to the heterozygous and ebony rodents. A ‘matte’ like appearance is present in the coat. It has a grey colored fur. The eyes are black and the ears are dark.
In 1963, the mutation appears at first. The heterozygous and homozygous color mutations will be different from the ebony color mutation. When these rodents breeded together, it darkens the color mutation. Weakly dominant gene is carried by this rodent to make this color mutation to get darken.
These are some of the chinchilla colors available at this time. When visiting a breeder, make sure to check all the color varieties available and choose the best which you like. Different chinchilla colors might have different prices.