Hamsters are small rodents of the Cricetidae family that form the subfamily Cricetinae. There are several species, distributed in different genera.
Gestation period: Hamster of Roborovski: 22 days
Hamster of Roborovski: 3 years
Hamster of China: 2 – 3 years
Roborovski Hamster: 4.5 – 5 cm
Hamster of China: 8.2 – 13 cm Cricetulus barabensis: 7.4 – 10 cm
Roborovski Hamster: 20 – 25 g
Hamster from China: 30 – 45 g
Cricetulus barabensis: 17 – 31 g
The hamsters are of Syrian origin and were mainly used for research. From 1948, thanks to Albert Marsh, a road engineer, they were presented as pets.
Hamsters have a stocky body covered with thick fur, a small rodent tail and jowls that are used to pile up food. These rodents do not emit any particular smell. Being nocturnal creatures, they usually sleep during the day and play at night.
Hamsters are solitary animals. Some species can live in pairs or in groups such as Roborovsky’s hamster and Campbell’s hamster. Male/female cohabitation is not recommended, as they are prolific spawners.
Benefits of adopting a hamster:
Hamsters sell at affordable prices and require little maintenance besides cleaning the cage and providing them with adequate food, in addition to being rarely sick.
What you need to get when adopting a hamster:
- A cage or aquarium at least 15 inches long by 12 inches high for a hamster or two dwarf hamsters. The larger the habitat, the happier your rodentt will be.
- A structure where your hamster can bury, hide and sleep.
- A water dispenser to prevent damage and a bowl.
- Toys such as wheels, a small house, a ladder, a tunnel, etc.
- Tissues or cotton to make her nest.
- Varied food designed for hamsters sold in our Animo shops etc.