Interesting facts about hamsters
Hamsters are nice little animals. Many kids choose to have
them as pets and it’s not hard to understand why.
Hamsters are small
beady-eyed rodents with tiny feet and tiny rounded ears. Do you really love your hamster? Here’s a list of fun facts you probably didn’t know about the fuzzy little guys.
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- Hamsters have very short tails. Their tails are anywhere between 2-4 cm.
- The Chinese word for Hamster is Cāngshǔ.
Hamsters were first mentioned by Alexander Russell in 1797, described
as a new rodent species in his publication, The Natural History of
- The Latin translation for hamster is Criceta.
- There is a Japanese Manga called Hamtaro all about a hamster named Hamtaro, who goes on adventures with 13 other friends.
- Hamsters have terrible eyes.
When they are born, they cannot see at all, but even after the two weeks
it takes to receive their sight it isn’t very good. Hamsters are
colorblind and nearsighted.
- Hamsters are good burrowers.
Hamsters burrow into the ground for their shelter, they dig holes about a
meter deep and make several rooms within their underground homes.
- Diarrhea in hamsters is known as “Wet Tail”.
It is very bad for a hamster to experience Wet Tail because of the
health issues it involves, they can be in serious discomfort, become
dehydrated, and even die from a prolapsed rectum. If your fuzzy buddy
has diarrhea, get him help!
- Hamsters have cheeks that can stretch.
Hamsters store food in their cheeks and their cheeks can stretch until
their head looks 2-3 times its size. Mother hamsters even hide her
babies in her cheeks if she feels they are in danger.
- The Syrian Hamster is the most popular breed of hamster to have as a pet.
- Because of their poor eyesight, they use their sense of smell and scent glands to find their way.
- Hamsters live very short lives. The most time they can live is 4 years.
- Hamsters are crepuscular sleepers.
This means that they won’t be awake during the day or the night, but rather during the morning and evening.
- Hamsters are omnivores.
Hamsters can eat seeds, grains, grasses and even insects.
- Hamsters have a lot of babies.
They have been known to have about 24 babies at a time. That’s hard labor.
- Not all hamsters are small.
- Though some hamsters are as small as 2-4 inches, the largest ones are approximately 13 inches long.
- There are only 5 species of hamster that are adopted as pets.
There are 24 species of hamster in known existence, but only 5 hamster
species are available in pet stores. The species available are
Roborovski (Robo Hamsters), Campbell’s Dwarf Hamsters, Chinese Hamsters,
Syrian Hamsters, and Russian Dwarf Winter White Hamsters.
- Syrian hamsters have a high tolerance to alcohol.
Syrian hamsters store fruit in their cheeks for such a long periods of
time that the fruit is fermented by the time the hamster eats it.
- Pet hamsters need big wheels to run on.
If the wheel is too small, it can give the hamster back problems and
even arthritis. Hamsters will refuse to use a wheel that is too small
for them and can become too inactive which will cause health problems.
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