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Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster

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Sarah Pitts

on 16 April 2013

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Transcript of Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster

Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster History and Origin The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hampster originated from Eastern Kazakhstan and southwest Siberia.They were discovered in the early 1970s. Housing and Care Recommended housing for the Russian Hamster is an aquarium or a solid sided cage with a secure top. Avoid cedar or pine wood shavings. They like hamster wheels, small paper tubes, and small boxes full of wood shavings. Keep cages clean to avoid sickness. Food They should be given a well balanced dry hamster mix, which can be found at your local pet stores. Occasional treats, like fruits and vegetables, can be given to the dwarf winter white russian hamster, but should be limited due to diarrhea. Lettuce can cause liver problems. Make fresh water available. Color Patterns and Variations The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster are 8 to 10 centimeters in length. They are normally dark grey with a black dorsal stripe down the center of their back. They turn completely white during the winter to camouflage themselves, however in captivity them don't always turn white. If the hamster is gray, it usually has a white belly. Reproduction The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster does not have a fixed breeding season. They can continue to produce large amounts of offspring year round. In females, the estrus cycle last four days, which means the female may accept the make back to breed again. Female becomes aggressive toward male after babies are born. Pregnancy in hamsters last about 3weeks and the female can become pregnant the same day she gives birth. Maturity and Growth Baby hamsters are called pups and can get aggressive towards each other. Pups can be weaned at 21 days and the females and males should be separated. Sexual maturity averages five weeks. The average hamster grows to be 3 to 4 inches long. Females shouldn't be breed until they are 3 to 4 months old, however males can breed at 2 months of age. Dwarf White Winter Russian Hamsters live an average of 2 to 2.5 years. Temperament Hamsters are nocturnal but can be active during the day. They are very sociable and if introduced at a young age, two hamsters can live together as friends. Both parents will care for the young. Good pets and are good natured. Purposes and Uses The main use of the Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster is as a pet. Hamsters were at one time used for lab experiments. Other interesting Facts The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster can be confused with the Campbell's Dwarf Russian Hamster.
They make good pets for adults and teens but not small children because they are small and hard to handle.
The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster has an extremely small tail. Questions?? What are baby hamsters called?

How long is a hamster's pregnancy?

What type of bedding should you avoid? Presented by: Sarah Pitts and Becky Hoffrogge
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