The Russian Hamster

Scienfic Name:- Phodopus sungorus

The Russian Hamster is also known as the Winter White Dwarf Hamster.   There are two subspecies.   These small animals can be quite social,   and are happy to be handled after being gently acclimatised to human hands.

Habitat :- They can live in groups with other hamsters of the same sex if introduced to each other while young (be aware mixed sex groups can quickly multiply!).

Russian hamsters are best kept in a solid cage,   such as a well ventilated glass or plastic sided vivarium,   as they are known to occasionally be small enough to squeeze through metal-barred rodent cages.   Their enclosure should contain a non-toxic absorbable bedding,   a dark,   enclosed resting area,   wooden objects to gnaw on,   and a means of exercise - hamsters have been reported to run up to 8km in a night,   so a wheel in a large cage with tunnels and different levels is ideal.

Diet :- They should be fed a good quality hamster food,   which can be supplemented with small amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables,   seeds and dried fruit.   Like their larger Syrian hamster cousins,   they do store their food in their large cheek pouches,   either to carry it to hide it away in their nest,   or as a snack for later.   They require constant access to fresh clean water.

Life expectancy :- 12 to 18 months.

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