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Hamsters in General

   A hamster is a small rodent. There are many different types and colors of hamsters: white, brown, grey and cream. Also the hair is different, it can be short or long. Being so popular, I don't think I've to talk about their appearance.
   The Golden Hamster's scientific name is MESOCRICETUS AURATUS AURATUS, usually shortened to CRICETUS AURATUS. It is also referred to as the Syrian Golden Hamster. 
  

Adult weight:

Male 85-140 g, Female 95-120 g

Life span:

Average 2 years, maximum expected 3 years (some reach 5 years)

Water consumption:

Variable, can tolerate long periods without water, but should always have fresh water available by gravity bottle or supply of fresh fruit/vegetables

Food consumption:

10-15 g/day (adult), depends upon level of activity.

Body temperature:

 36.2-37.5 C (rectal)

Behavior:

 Docile unless surprised or awakened.

 Nocturnal

 Hibernate when temperature drops below 5C, however, animal may be roused by gentle stimulation and application of warmth.

 Curious by nature
 




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