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Other hamsters kept as pets are the various species of "". () is the most common—they are also sometimes called "Russian dwarfs"; however, many hamsters are from Russia, so this ambiguous name does not distinguish them from other species appropriately. The coat of the Djungarian or winter-white Russian dwarf hamster () turns almost white during winter (when the hours of daylight decrease). The () is extremely small and fast, making it difficult to keep as a pet. The (), although not technically a true "dwarf hamster", is the only hamster with a tail (about 4 cm long)[]—most hamsters have very short, nonprehensile tails.
Ask Justin Walker about hamsters, and the Lodi, N.J., trial lawyer will launch into an enthusiastic description of his pets’ personalities.
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There are several species of hamsters being kept as pets today, and they all require a bit different care, so it's important to know the difference between the species to know which hamster is right for you. Make sure you know everything there is to know about whichever type of hamster you choose before you buy or adopt them! Most people probably shouldn’t have pet capybaras. But a handful of people consider these “giant hamsters” to be the best pets ever.
Photo provided by FlickrTwo additional types of hamsters kept as pets in the United States include the Chinese hamster and the winter white Russian dwarf hamster.
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Although the term “hamster” refers to about 24 species of small rodents, there are only about five found in the pet market. Below is a list of the most common types found as pets.Hamsters are one of the most commonly kept family pets. There are a number of different breeds of hamsters, including a dwarf breed and a long-haired breed (called "Teddy Bear"), but the most common breed of pet hamster is the Syrian or golden hamster. If well socialized from a young age and treated gently, they are generally slow moving, are reasonably easy to handle and are affectionate. Hamsters tend to be nocturnal but can be active for periods during the day. They will run on an exercise wheel relentlessly at night.Hamsters as Pets
Hamsters have no detectable body odor. They are inexpensive to buy and outside of cage cleaning and proper food are relatively maintenance free. These adorable rodents are subject to very few health problems and diseases. Keep your Syrian hamster in a wire cage with a solid floor or a habitat with tunnels. Dwarf hamsters can be kept in a cage made for mice. The enclosure should be placed away from direct sunlight and drafts. Line the bottom of the cage with or for added absorbency and odor control. Do not use cedar chips, as aromatic oils in cedar bedding have been shown to have adverse health effects on small pets.Hamsters startle easily and may show a threat response or become defensive when frightened. Always let a hamster know you are there, or gently and slowly wake it up before attempting to handle it. They will not hesitate to bite if restrained forcefully or frightened while being held. As a breed, the smaller Dwarf hamsters are more excitable, faster moving and are more challenging to handle. Generally, hamsters are the most aggressive of all the “pocket pets” and tend to bite more often. They do not shed a lot and seem to cause few allergies for people. They are hardy, clean animals and are reasonably easy to care for. Hamsters live between 18-24 months (some may reach 36 months). Young children should be informed of this so that the "sudden death" of a 2 year-old pet does not come unexpectedly. Hamsters make good family pets and are suitable as a first pet for children under supervision.The Syrian hamster is one of the most adorable small pets that many American families love. These hamsters are also popularly known as Golden Hamsters or Teddy Bear Hamsters (the long-haired variety) and are likely the most popular hamster varieties kept as pets.