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There are 5 types of hamsters. These are Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster, Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster, the Syrian hamster, Chinese Hamster and Roborovski Hamster.
Hamster Species There are many species of hamsters but only 5 species are widely kept in captivity as pets and these are Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster, Dwarf Winter White Russian, Chinese Hamster, Syrian Hamster and Roborovski Hamster. Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster The Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster (sometimes incorrectly labelled as the Siberian Hamster in pet shops) is the more common than the other species of Dwarf Russian Hamster, the Dwarf Winter White Russian (Siberian) Hamster, and is often seen in pet shops in many countries today. The adult male hamster is slightly larger than the female. Campbell Russians are categorized by their short tail and furry feet. Both male and female raise the litter and are usually outgoing and friendly if handled confidently. Most of them can also be housed cordially in pairs. Most Campbell Russians are colored like those observed in the wild, but today's breeding techniques have produced a great variety of colors, textures and patterns. Dwarf Winter White Russian The Dwarf Winter White Russian hamster also known as the Siberian hamsters, winter white Russians are often mistaken as the Campbell Russians because they are similar in appearance and may be found in the same regions. Both the Russian Campbells and the winter white russians are originally believed to be one and the same species, or subspecies. In later scientific writings, it is agreed that the two types of hamsters are separate and distinct species. Siberian hamsters are called "winter white" because their fur have the ability to turn to a winter white coat during short day length, ie. during the winter months when the hours of darkness are longer than the hours of light. As winter whites are not allowed to enter shows in their winter coat (they takes months to change coats) and they tend to breed more readily when they are out of their winter coat, one of the ways to prevent them from changing coat is to increase the hours of light artificially (such as placing fluorescent tubes) which in effect lengthens the day. Chinese Hamster Chinese hamsters are very territorial and should be house individually. Females are generally more aggressive than males and both sexes should be separated after mating. Chinese Hamsters are extremely timid and fast moving which often makes them difficult to catch but they are of good temperament and rarely nip. Their timid nature means they are often not very active when handled and so are not a popular pet with children who want a pet they can hold and play with. However Chinese Hamsters are a fascinating pet for those who prefer simply to observe, particularly when given a large and interesting environment in which to live. Syrian Hamster The Syrian Hamster is sometimes referred to as the 'Golden Hamster' due to its original wild golden colouring although today there are many different colour and coat mutations. It is also sometimes referred to as the Fancy or Standard Hamster. Syrian hamsters are also referred to as 'Teddy Bear Hamsters' for the Long Haired species. There will be the Hairless Syrian Hamster and referred as the 'Alien Hamster' and finally the Black Syrian Hamster is also referred to as the 'Black Bear' Hamster. The Syrian Hamster is a solitary animal and will not usually live with another past 8-10 weeks of age and so it is important that they are housed separately as serious fighting, even death can occur if more than one are kept in the same cage. The Syrian Hamster is nocturnal, usually waking during the evening. The Syrian Hamster makes a good pet and easy enough for small children to handle under supervision. Roborovski Hamster The Roborovski Hamster is also a short-tailed dwarf hamster, but its yellow-brown colouring and striking whiskers lend it a totally different appearance to the other two short-tailed species of dwarf hamsters. Roborovski Hamsters are much less well knows and they breed very few young. The Roborovski Hamster. Is the smallest dwarf hamster. Its body measures only seven to nine centimeters in length and its tail is barely visible. Its back is a brownish-yellow with grey under colouring. Sometimes the yellow on its back appears somewhat rusty in colour. Roborovski Hamsters don't have dorsal stripes. Roborovski Hamsters can live in groups of the same gender.
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