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The cost of a chinchilla can vary depending on several factors:

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    * **Pet stores:** These typically charge  **$150 or more** for a standard gray chinchilla, with prices going higher for rarer colors [2]. 

    * **Reputable breeders:**  Here, prices can range from **$150-$400** on average, but can be  **higher for show quality or special breeds** [1].

    * **Rescue organizations:** Adoption fees for chinchillas from rescues may be lower than buying from a breeder or pet store, but can still vary. 

* **Color and breed:** Rarer color variations and specific breeds will generally cost more than standard gray chinchillas.

* **Age:** Younger chinchillas may be slightly more expensive than adults.

Here's a rough breakdown of chinchilla costs:

* **Standard gray chinchilla:**  $75-$125 (least expensive) [1]

* **Pet store chinchilla:** $150+ [2]

* **Average breeder chinchilla:** $150-$400

* **Show quality or rare breed chinchilla:**  Even higher than $400

Remember, the initial purchase price is just one part of the cost of owning a chinchilla. You'll also need to factor in the cost of:

* **Cage and supplies:** Chinchillas require a spacious cage, dust bath container, exercise wheel, and other essentials.

* **Food and hay:** A proper chinchilla diet includes high-quality pellets, hay, and occasional treats.

* **Veterinary care:** Regular checkups and any unexpected vet visits add to the overall cost.

It's important to be prepared for the full financial commitment before getting a pet chinchilla.
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