Chinchilla teeth
The teeth of a domestic chinchilla, by Salix [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.
Chinchillas have 20 teeth from birth – 4 incisors and 16 molars.

Teeth are open-rooted and, therefore, grow continuously, about 2-3 inches per year.

The chinchilla should be provided with good quality hay, wood blocks or pumice stones to gnaw on and encourage tooth wear.

The incisors are separated from the molars by a diastema.

The teeth are covered by a hard layer of enamel made up of calcium, iron, phosphorous and other trace minerals.

The normal tooth colour is dark yellow/orange – pale teeth are a sign of calcium deficiency.

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