10 Interesting Facts about Hamsters

Facts about Hamsters present the information about a type of rodent included in subfamily Cricetinae. Due to the cute size and unique color, hamsters appear as a popular pet in the world. It is also common for the scientists to have hamsters are their laboratory animals.  When living in captivity, it is easier to breed hamsters. Hamsters which live in the wild like to hide underground during the day to avoid the predators. They are crepuscular animals.

Facts about Hamsters 1: the diet

The primary diet of hamsters consists of burrowing insects, vegetation, fruits and seeds. When they gather the food, they will put it in the pouches.

Facts about Hamsters 2: the physical characteristics

The physical characteristics of hamsters are seen from the wide feet, stocky legs, furry ears, and snout body.

Facts about Hamster

Facts about Hamster

Facts about Hamsters 3: the fur color

The fur color is determined by the species of hamster. The common colors include brown, white, honey, grey, black, red, yellow or mixed colors. The fur is silky and thick.

Facts about Hamsters 4: genus Phodopus

Djungarian hamster and Campbell’s dwarf hamster are the two species included in Phodopus.

Hamster Facts

Hamster Facts

Facts about Hamsters 5: genus Cricetulus

Chinese hamster and Chinese striped hamster belong to genus Cricetulus.

Facts about Hamsters 6: the body size

The second-largest hamster breed is Angora hamster. It has the length of 7.1 inches or 18 cm. People also call it teddy bear hamster. The largest hamster is Cricetus cricetus or European hamster. It has the length of 13.4 inches or 34 cm. The short tail is measured at 2.4 inches or 6 cm. The smallest ones are hamsters in genus Phodopus. The length is around 2.2 to 4.1 inches or 5.5 to 10.5 cm.

Hamster

Hamster

Facts about Hamsters 7: tail

Hamster has a tail though it is hard to see. The length of the tail usually is measured at one-sixth of body length. The length of Chinese hamster is similar with the body length.

Facts about Hamsters 8: the rapid changes

The rapid changes of cold and hot temperature make the hamsters fragile.

Hamsters

Hamsters

Facts about Hamsters 9: the sense of smell

The sense of smell is very important for hamster. They will use it to locate food and differentiate sexes. The eyesight is weak.

Facts about Hamsters 10: solitary animal

Hamsters are included as solitary animals. When you have two or more hamsters living in the same cage, they may develop chronic stress.

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