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Syrian Hamsters PDF Print E-mail

This is the animal that most people think of when they hear the word "hamster". The species originates in the Middle East, especially Israel and Syria. All Syrian hamsters in captivity are descended from a mother and her twelve pups that were dug out of a burrow near Aleppo, Syria, in 1930. Adults are fiercely territorial and will attack any other hamster they meet.

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Russian Campbell Hamsters PDF Print E-mail

Campbell’s Dwarf Hamsters are named after the person who first discovered them, W.C. Campbell. They are often found in pet shops labelled as ‘Russian’.

They grow up to 12cm with the males being larger than the females. They live on average for 2 years. Campbell's hamsters have a thick woolly coat that comes in many colour varieties.

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Chinese Hamsters PDF Print E-mail

These animals grow to between 7.5 and 9cm in length. Their body proportions, compared with those of other hamsters, appear "long and thin" and they have, (for a hamster), a relatively long tail. They originate in the deserts of Southern China and Mongolia.

Chinese hamsters are not, technically, true "Dwarf" hamsters since this term refers to animals in the genus Phodopus, (the two types of Russian Dwarf hamsters and Roborovski Dwarf hamsters).

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Russian Winter White Hamsters PDF Print E-mail

The Winter White Dwarf Hamster is so called because of its ability to turn white in winter. In the wild, as daylight hours shorten, the hamster's coat will gradually get lighter until it becomes almost completely white. This can also happen in captivity so don’t worry if your hamster changes colour in the winter months.

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Roborovski Hamsters PDF Print E-mail

These are the newest addition to the family of hamsters kept as pets. They originate from Mongolia and are the smallest of the hamster family, being only about 5cm long when fully grown. They are sandy brown on their head and back and pure white underneath, but have endearing white "eyebrows" and whiskers, as seen in the photograph below. Like their relatives, the Russian hamsters, these animals are social, and live in groups. They are by far the fastest moving of the hamster family, and indeed are rarely still, except when they are asleep.

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