Roborovski Dwarf Hamster - Big Things Come In Little
Well that statement just couldn't be more true when referring to the Roborovski hamster.
This member of the dwarf hamster family is quite and interesting handful in such a little form. One should be one
before hand, there is a lot to know about these little guys before rushing out to the pet store and bringing one
Roborovski hamsters are also known as the "desert hamster" and originate from Northern
China, particularly in Mongolia and some areas of Russia. They can be found in areas of the Gobi desert, and while
this may imply a resistance to warm temperatures, oddly enough the "desert hamster" shows just the opposite. In
fact, the Roborovski hamster handles cool temperatures exceptionally well, and yet is very uncomfortable in warm
temperatures and can become over heated. This may be due to the fact that in the wild, they generally seem to
burrow around 2-6 feet beneath the sand where it is cool even in the heat of the day, and don't emerge to become
active until the cool evenings and mornings.
These members of the dwarf family are cute and funny to watch play, and therefore are very
desirable to small children. Beware however, because as adorable as they may be, they are generally a "hands-off"
pet. With their lightning speed and over all timid nature these hamsters are certain to escape small children
trying to hold them or even worse, possibly become injured. Do note though that they are excellent animals to watch
with their burrowing habits and quirky disposition, and also are social with other Roborovski hamsters and can be
kept in pairs (more than two is not recommended due to possible fights).
Roborovskis are omnivorous and while their main diet consists of fruits, vegetables and
grains, they will also be happy to take the rare occasion of some meat. Hamster "muesli" is what will make of the
majority of their meals, and can be purchased at different pet stores and in different qualities. For the rest of
their needs, consider apples, blueberries, mango, broccoli, celery, zucchini, and the likes. As said, they will
also take their occasional meat, like cooked ground beef, cooked turkey or chicken, grasshoppers, mealworms, and
even boiled or scrambled eggs. Be sure to feed your Roborovski in proportion to their size though, which many
owners easily overestimate. They are very tiny, and so need very tiny amounts of food otherwise can end up with
stomach problems such as diarrhea.
So if you're the type that can handle these crazy little hamsters, then get out there and
get one. They sure are wonderful to watch and will make a great form of enjoyment, if you give them the enjoyment
they need as well!