How Fast is a Chinchilla When Compared to a Frog?


We are all familiar with what frogs are. When we see outside our homes, and we know them for their jumping skills, croaking sounds, slimy skin, and protruding eyes. So, before we proceed to compare the speed of a frog and a chinchilla, what is a chinchilla, and how do we cage a cinchilla?

What is a Chinchilla?

Chinchillas are mammals that are related to porcupines and guinea pigs. These rodents originate from the mountains of Northern Chile. People often keep them as pets, which is the reason why their kind almost came near to extinction. Wild chinchillas usually have smears of yellow-gray fur. In time, other fur colors have also become common, but every tip of a chinchilla’s hair has always been black.

Their furs became famous in the 1700s, and these animals almost became extinct in the year 1900 because of hunting. In that period, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina banned people from hunting wild chinchillas. However, in 1923, Mathias F. Chapman, who was a mining engineer, brought 11 chinchillas from Chile to the United States. Therefore, every chinchilla you see in the United States most likely came from those 11 chinchillas Chapman brought.

Chinchillas have short front limbs and long hind legs. They somewhat look like rabbits, but they have rounder and shorter ears. Their eyes are large and black and bushy tails. Usually, they are 9 to 15 inches in length, with their tails that are about 3 to 6 inches. They typically weigh 0.5 to 0.8 kilograms.

What is the Fastest Frog? 

Almost all frogs have remarkable jumping abilities, yet among all kinds of frogs, the African frog has the best skill. The San Diego Zoo reports that African frogs can jump up to 4.2 meters in one leap. One type of African frogs is the clawed frog. It is a species that mainly dwells in lakes and rivers. From the name itself, this type of frog comes from South Africa.

An adult African clawed frog reaches up to 4.7 inches in length, and 0.2 kilograms in weight. They are known for their grey and greenish skin color with mottled patterns, enabling them to hide from their predators. Moreover, they can breathe and see without being seen. This is because their eyes and noses are on the top of their heads.

Mammals such as cats, dogs, and rodents usually prey on African clawed frogs because of their size. For that reason, these frogs typically hide in the bottom of rivers and lakes for survival.

How Fast is a Chinchilla Compared to an African Clawed Frog? 

A chinchilla can reach a speed of 15 mph when trying to escape its predator. However, it doesn’t run on four points but hops to run as quickly as possible away from its predator. On the other hand, the African clawed frog can only reach a speed of 5 mph. Therefore, a chinchilla is quicker than an African clawed frog, and in the food chain, it is one of the African clawed frog’s predators.

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