Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Cricetidae
  Scientific Name : Mesocricetus Auratus

                      Size : 5 - 28cm (2 - 11in)
                 Weight : 100 - 900g (3.5 - 32oz)
           Top Speed : 6km/h (4mph)
            Life Span : 2 - 3 years

                Colour : Tan, Brown, 
                               White, Black
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Food storage pouches 
                               and ability to 
                               run backwards
  1. Hamsters are a type of rodents found throughout the world.
  2. They are believed to have their origin in the East-Asian deserts.
  3. There are around 20 species of hamsters found in the wild.
  4. The Russian Dwarf hamster is the smallest hamster species with the average size being around 10 cm long.
  5. The Syrian hamster is the largest hamster species with individuals growing up to 30 cm in length.
  6. Hamsters are quite common as household pets and get along well with children due to their calm and quiet temperament.
  7. They are extremely solitary animals, so much so that they fight each other to death, if in the same territory.
  8. In the wild, most of the hamster’s time is spent in digging and foraging for food.
  9. They have large cheek pouches which help them store and bring back food to their burrow.
  10. They inhabit semi-desert regions and build their burrows under the soft ground.
  11. Their burrows have many tunnels and chambers with separate eating and sleeping place.
  12. Hamsters are very quick runners and have the unique ability to run backwards.
  13. This really helps them in escaping from their predators quickly.
  14. They are nocturnal animals coming out in search of food during the night.
  15. Their teeth continue to grow throughout their lives and need continuous gnawing to keep from getting too long.
  16. They are omnivores, mainly feeding on seeds, nuts, vegetables, grass, fruits and berries.
  17. Their natural predators are large birds of prey like owls and hawks and snakes.

 

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