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26 Chinchilla Pictures That Will Make You Smile

They kind of look like tinier cousins of bunnies. Prepare for chinchillas to skyrocket up your list of cutest animals ever!

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man`s hand touch big fluffy gray chinchilla. close-up portrait.
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Besides “adorable balls of fluff,” what are chinchillas? Well, the name refers to two different species of rodents, Chinchilla chinchilla and Chinchilla lanigera. Native to South America, they have the densest fur of any land mammal—20,000 hairs per square centimeter, to be exact! Like an endearing combo of adorable bunnies, squirrels, and hamsters, chinchillas can totally steal your heart, which is why they’ve gained popularity as pets. Check out these super-cute chinchilla pictures to see more reasons why they’re the epitome of adorable! You’ll also love these cutest animals in the world and cute sloth pictures.

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This little guy looks very content relaxing on this green-and-white upholstery.

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Chinchilla sitting on hand
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One-handed Circle of Life

This tiny little chinchilla is so small that it’s able to be held aloft in one hand! We also love how the holder’s sleeve perfectly matches the trees in the background (even though the adorable chinchilla takes center stage)!

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Young girl holding gray chinchilla
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Best friends

So pure!

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Standard Grey Chinchilla
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This chinchilla’s embracing its inner hippie beside these colorful rainbow pillows.

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Very Relaxed Pug with a Very Sneaky Chinchilla
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Sound asleep

What is this chinchilla planning for its sleeping doggo friend?!

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High Angle View Of Chinchillas In Tub At Home
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A precious pair

These two buddies are clearly waiting for something while they share this blue bowl.

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Cropped Image Of Owner Hand Holding Young Chinchillas
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This little one looks awfully sleepy.

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CHINCHILLA chinchilla laniger, GROUP OF ADULTS
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Hide and seek

Playing nighttime games is a fun pastime for multiple species!

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A-tisket, a-tasket

Chinchilla in a basket!

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Veterinarian Holding Rat While Sitting In Hospital
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Balancing act

Hopefully, this chinchilla has good balance! (Hey, we’re sure its human will catch it if it falls.)

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Close-Up Portrait Of Chinchilla In Yellow Pet Home
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This chinchilla peeks out of a snazzy pet home just its size.

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Fluffy Gray Chinchilla Runs In A Wheel In Its Cage
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Speed demon

Run, little chinchilla, run!

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Cute Pet Chinchilla - XLarge
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Action star

We’re very impressed with this cute chinchilla’s epic leap!

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Chinchilla eating its food
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Snack time

Pictures of chinchillas don’t get much more adorable than this little nibbling chinchilla.

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Gray Chinchilla on a wood background outdoor
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Picture perfect

This chinchilla looks very stoic against its rocky backdrop.

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big furry gray chinchilla loves caress and my hand
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Doesn’t its facial expression just make you melt?!

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Four different chinchillas in different positions a blue box
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Chinchilla in a box

We love candid chinchilla pictures, of course, but this staged shot of four little guys (or girls) in these blue boxes is pretty precious as well.

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Grey nice chinchilla play with christmas decoration
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What are these?!

This chinchilla has found some fun new toys.

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Cute chinchilla of white color is sitting in its house near to bowl with hay.
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Yum, straw!

Chinchilla mealtimes are the cutest mealtimes!

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Little gray chinchilla in house
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Nom nom

And another adorable meal/snack time.

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cute gray chinchilla on blue colored studio background put foot on female finger, girl trying to make friends with a rodent, lovely pets concept
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Let’s hold hands!

We can barely handle this cuteness!

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Kids learning about care and schedule for domestic animals
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This teacher and students are officially having the coolest lesson ever with this pair of chinchillas. The little house of blocks is just their size!

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big fluffy gray chinchilla close up portrait
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Atop a perch

The camera angle makes this little chinchilla look massive and majestic!

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White chinchilla is sitting near the window. Cute home pet.
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Staring contest

This chinchilla is laser-focused.

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Gray chinchilla sitting on a branch close up
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Fluff frenzy

If ever a picture epitomized “ball of fluff,” it was this one.

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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for RD.com since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.