Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Cutest Hamsters in the World

A Hamster is a rodent and is a popular pet. There are 25 known species of Hamster. It is nocturnal, which means they are active at night. Its diet includes a variety of foods such as dried food, berries, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Hamsters are easy to breed in captivity and are often used as Lab animals.  Here are some of the cutest species of Hamster for you to choose from if you are planning to have one.

1.) Teddy Bear Hamster

The Teddy Bear Hamster, which is also known as "Angora" Hamster or Longhaired Hamster” is a hamster with short velvety fur that comes in many different colors. Male Teddy Bear Hamsters usually have much longer fur than the female variety. It is the second-largest hamster breed, measuring up to 18 cm long.

2.) Golden Hamster

The neat-looking and beautiful Golden Hamster is a very popular species of hamster. This popular pet’s binomial name is Mesocricetus auratus and is also commonly known as Syrian Hamster. It can grow up to 18 cm in length and will usually have a lifespan of up to 5 years.

3.) Djungarian Hamster

The cute-looking Djungarian Hamster or Phodopus sungorus is a ball-shaped and typically half the size of the Golden Hamster hence it is called a dwarf hamster.

It is also commonly known as the Siberian Hamster or Russian Winter White Dwarf Hamster.

The Siberian Hamster is more rounded than the Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster. It is shaped more like an egg.

4.) European Hamster

The European Hamster, scientifically known as Cricetus cricetus, is endemic to Western Europe, Russia and many more. It is the largest species of hamster measuring up to 34 cm in length, not including a short tail of up to 6 cm. It is also known as the Black-bellied Hamster or Common Hamster.

5.) Chinese Hamster

The Chinese Hamster or Cricetulus griseus originated in the deserts of Northern Chna and Mongolia. It can grow up to 9 cm in length and can weigh up to 43 grams. It has a lifespan of 3 years on average. It has always been kept as a pet and as a laboratory animal.

6.) Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster

Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster or Phodopus campbelli is a dwarf species of hamster. The Campbell's Dwarf is also native to the steppes and semi-arid areas of Central Asia, the Altay Mountains and the provinces of Heilungkiang and Hebei in Northeastern China.

7.) Roborovski

Roborovskis or informally named Phodopus roborovskii is the smallest of all hamsters averaging 2 cm at birth, and rarely 7.5 cm during adulthood. Roborovskis lack any dorsal stripe which is commonly found on the other members of the Phodopus genus.

Like many hamster species, it has a lifespan of 3 years. It is also called Desert Hamster. A Roborovski Hamster is fast, agile and naturally timid or shy. It is generally recommended as "look but don't touch" pets.

See also


    1. Dwarf Hamster; Russain Hamster; Chinese Hamster, Campbells Hamster, Roborovski Hamster:




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