Siberian Dwarf Hamster
Siberian dwarf hamsters are originally from Siberia, but can also be found in many other
countries like China. The scientific classification name is Phodopus Sungorus, but there also known as Russian
dwarf hamsters or winter white dwarf hamsters. Unlike other hamsters the Siberian dwarf hamster has the ability to
change the color of their coat with the environment. During the winter the Siberian dwarf hamster turns from gray
to white, to blend in with the color of the snow. This is a survival tactic for the hamster to be unnoticeable to
prey in the wild.
The Siberian dwarf hamsters are very small in size;
ranging between 3-4 inches. An adult can weight about 1 ounce; the weight of a slice a bread. This type of hamster
have very poor eye sight and are sociable among other hamsters and people.
Barred cage are not recommended due to the size of
the Siberian dwarf hamster. Try using plastic or glass cages. The cage, bedding and food container should be
cleaned weekly. Studies have shown that pine and cedar bedding are toxic to hamsters. Recycled newspaper is a good
bedding to line the cage with. A hamster wheel will not only entertain them, but also give great exercise. Always
maintain the temperature of the cage between 60-90 degrees. Be sure to place the cage on a flat surface that is not
in direct sunlight or that can be knocked over.
The average life span is between 2-3 years.
When hamsters become sick they should be taken to the vet
immediately. Home remedies can only make the illness worst.
Pellets are the most common food for hamsters. They also enjoy grains, carrots, nuts, broccoli and vegetables. Give
fruit as a special treat every so often; too much can cause diarrhea. To ensure your hamster is getting fresh
water, change it everyday.
When a hamster becomes pregnant the mother will show signs of weight and aggressiveness. If you have other hamsters
in the same cage, you should separate the mother; she needs time to nest. The pregnancy can last fro 18-21 days.
After birth do not touch anything, including the babies. By handling the babies your scent will be left and the
mother will kill them. Wait between 3-4 weeks before holding the babies. At this time you can return mother and
babies back to their original cage.