Exotic Pet Names

Naming Your Chinchilla

Woman holding chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) high section
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Chinchillas have a perky, curious personality similar to a park squirrel and are very low maintenance. They require a lot deal of attention and can actually bond and become very attached to its owner. While they make terrific pets, chinchillas are not ideal for kids because if little hands squeeze them too tight, they will bite.

Characteristics

Chinchillas have plush, silky fur that's pleasant to the touch, no odor unlike other rodents, and they don't make any annoying noises though they are very vocal.

  On the flip side, they can be high anxiety and they don't have a great attention span. In addition, they don't do well in hot (above 78 degrees) or humid (above 40 percent) weather.

Chinchillas have rounded ears and their eyes are situated on either side of a broad head. The fur is often gray, but it can appear as beige, tan, black or white.

Adult females weigh about one and a half pounds, slighter heavier than males, and can be up to a foot long. They boast a very long life span for a rodent and can live 12 to 20 years. Females also have an incredibly long pregnancy: 111 days!

Here are some cute and quirky names for your chinchilla.

Exotic Pet Name Ideas for Your Chinchilla

A-B

  • Ajay (from Andes Jr.)
  • Andes
  • Ashes
  • Avalanche
  • Avalon
  • Avatar
  • Baja
  • Bandit
  • Barnaby
  • Basil
  • Baxter
  • Big Daddy
  • Big Mama
  • Blossom
  • Bongo
  • BooBoo
  • Boris
  • Bubbles
  • Bucket
  • Buckles

C-D

  • Camomile
  • Charity
  • Charlie
  • Chaz
  • Cheech
  • Cheerio
  • Chella
  • Cherry
  • Cherub
  • Chewy
  • Chicha
  • ChiChi
  • Chile
  • Chili
  • Chilli
  • Chinchi
  • Chingy
  • Chochee (pronounced cho-chee)
  • Chokotah (Chok for short)
  • Chubbs
  • Church
  • Cicero
  • Coolio
  • Cutie
  • Cuzco
  • Cyclone
  • Dachi (pronounced Duh-chee)
  • Daquiri
  • Davon
  • Dazie Chilla
  • Deliah
  • Drifter
  • Dusty
  • Dylan

E-K

  • EJ (short for Eric And Joe)
  • Eve
  • Felix
  • Flint
  • Fluff Puff
  • Fluffy
  • Fox
  • Furby
  • George
  • Ghost
  • Girdy
  • Gizmo
  • Gretzky
  • Grey
  • Harriet
  • Herman
  • Horsepower
  • Indiana
  • Indiana Stone (Indie for short)
  • Jiggly Puff (Jigz for short)
  • Kassy
  • Kitoby
  • Kitty
  • Kiwi (Key for short)
  • Kunzite (nickname: The Chin Man)

L-N

  • Lord Stanley
  • LucyBelle
  • Madagasca
  • Magoo (short for Mr. Magoo or his full name Houdini Buddy Magoo)
  • Manilla
  • Manzana
  • Marlo
  • Meringue
  • Milo
  • Miracle
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Mogwia
  • Mohady
  • Moonlight
  • Morris
  • Mr. Chili
  • Mr. French
  • Muggwye
  • Musti
  • Nibbles
  • Ninya
  • Noel

O-R

  • Ollie
  • Oriel
  • Oscar
  • Ozzy
  • Panca
  • Pepper
  • Petal
  • Phoebe
  • Pikachu
  • Princess
  • Prozac
  • Puffin
  • Quechua (pronounced Qeechua)
  • Quena
  • Raggedy Anne
  • Rambo
  • Ringo
  • Roca Mu Chocka (Roca for short)
  • Rocket
  • Rocky
  • Ronoke (pronounced row-noke; Nokie for short)
  • Roo
  • Roosevelt (Rosey for short)
  • Roxy
  • Ruby

S-T

  • Sammy (short for Usama)
  • Sancho
  • Savannah
  • Semolina
  • Shawna
  • Shirley
  • Shuga
  • Silver
  • Sisi
  • Skitter
  • Snidjer, Snidj for short (Pronounced Sniger / Snig)
  • Sparky
  • Speckles
  • Speedy
  • Splinter (a.k.a. bob)
  • Squeek
  • Star
  • Stitch
  • Stumpy
  • Surf
  • Tamale
  • Tequi (pronounced Tee-Kee, short for Tequila)
  • Theo
  • Toby
  • Torg
  • Twister
  • Twynky (nicknames include BooBoo, Fluff Puff, Cutie and Princess)

V-Z

  • Vinny
  • Webster
  • Willow
  • Zazu
  • Zeus
  • Zoe
  • Zorro


Also, see the alphabetical list of all names. There are some names for pairs of animals, too.

Want to share your chinchillas' names? Add them to the comments section on this post about chinchilla names, and they will be added to this list as well.

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