Having a pet animal at home makes the pet get relieved from both the mental and the physical stress. When you own a furry pet, you end up spending time with the maintenance activities of the animal which will make the pet offer love and affection to the owner.
They will help you in overcoming the feeling of loneliness. There are many people who started growing a pet as a hobby and later included them as a part of their family members. There are different kinds of animals that can be domesticated.
Among the other pets, the chinchillas and the rabbits are preferred by the kids and the parents who seek for a gift to be presented for their kids to play with and leave them in a dilemma to choose between them. This article will guide you in knowing the similarities and differences between both the animals to resolve your dilemma.
Chinchilla vs. Rabbit
Both the creatures have certain similarities and differences. Let us look at them here in detail.
Introduction- The chinchillas are active rodents that are little bulkier than the squirrels and are natives of the South America. The rabbits are small mammals that are found in several parts of the world.
Scientific classification- The chinchillas and the rabbit both belong to the class Mammalia and are mammals in nature. But, the chinchillas belong to the order Rodentia whereas the rabbits belong to the order Lagomorpha.
Appearances- Both are animals with egg shaped body covered with the fur that is gray color in general and the chinchillas have a short tail, and shorter ears whereas, the rabbits have a long tail and large ears. However, both these animals have several different breeds of various colors.
Habitat- The chinchillas and the rabbits commonly live in the burrows in groups as their native habitat. However, the groups of the chinchillas resemble colonies and are denoted as herds and the groups of rabbit are known as warren
Nomenclature- The chinchillas are named the same irrespective of their gender and age but the rabbits are named differently according to their gender and age; the male rabbit is known as bucks, the female rabbits are called as does, the young rabbits are referred as bunnies, and the baby rabbits are referred to as kittens.
Dental- The chinchillas have 20 teeth since birth; 4 incisors and 16 molars whereas, a rabbit have 28 teeth as an adult; 6 incisors and 22 molar teeth. Both are similar in such a way to have an ever-growing tooth.
Diet- Both the chinchillas and the rabbits are the herbivores and feed only on the plants and vegetables as a source of their food. But the chinchilla’s food consists of fiber content as a primary source whereas the food of the rabbit is rich in cellulose content.
Digestion- The digestion of the chinchillas is done by the gut of the digestive system and is sensitive in nature. On the other hand, the rabbits digest with the large intestine and cecum, which effectively separates the fiber and the nutritional content of the food.
Vision- The chinchillas have binocular vision with their eyes placed at the sides of their heads and can see up to 30-degree angle but does not have the best vision. On a contrary, the rabbits have a panoramic vision, capable of seeing things at a 360-degree angle and have the best vision hence. Further, both the animals are similar as they are capable of seeing in the dark.
Escaping from enemies- The chinchillas safeguard themselves by jumping up to 6 ft. and escape from the predators; if caught, they release fur or spray urine. The rabbits hop in a zigzag movement in order to escape from the predators; if caught, they give away strong kicks using their hind legs.
Sleep– Both the chinchillas and the rabbits are crepuscular and nocturnal animals. They tend to be active at the twilight hours and both of them sleep with opened eyes in order to be aware of the danger.
Fur uses- The fur of the chinchillas and rabbits are soft and are useful in the fur industry. The fur of the chinchillas is useful in making full-length coats whereas the fur of the rabbits is useful for making Rex Coats.
Reproduction- As they are mammals, both the animals are capable of reproduction. However, the period of gestation differs from each other. The chinchillas have a gestation period of about 112 days and are capable of giving birth to a minimum of 1-2 babies and a maximum of 4 babies at a single litter. The rabbits on the other hand, have a gestation period of 31 days and are capable of giving birth to 3-12 kittens per litter.
These are the various similarities and differences of the chinchillas and the rabbits. Apart from these facts, if you are aware of any other similarities and difference, write to us so that we can include them too.