The Chinese Hamster Dwarf - A Hard To Find Pet worth hunting
If you have studied dwarf hamster for a long time, then you've probably come to speak of the
Chinese hamster dwarf. And you can look at this little boy have existed as a pet, if you, if you read
the description of the "mouse-like" or "mouse-like." If this is the case, you are doing a disservice
terrible, because the four species are often under the "dwarf hamster" umbrella term, is this
magnificent bag is pet friendly to his human companion, and by far the most interesting.
Not really a dwarf
Although the Chinese Hamster is often associated with dwarf hamsters because of their similar size
are grouped together, scientifically speaking, is not really a dwarf. Siberian, and Roborovski dwarf
hamsters Campbell for all species, Phodopus belong, while the Chinese hamster Cricetulus belongs
to the genre. And this misunderstanding is not everything.
This guy is funny actually known by various names, Striped Hamster, Chinese Hamster striped dwarf
hamster, and sometimes striped. Two of these names for more in the environment of confusion.
The first is the dwarf hamster striatum name, also used to indicate the Siberian winter or white
russian dwarf hamster (Phodopus sungorus).
Secondly, there is debate over whether the Chinese hamster stripes of the same nature as that of
the Chinese hamster (Cricetulus griseus) is. There are some scientists to propose that a distinct
species, but closely related (Cricetulus barabensis) or a subspecies, the Latin name then, Cricetulus
griseus barabensis. Some even claim that it is the contrary, the Chinese Hamster is a subspecies of
Chinese hamster striatum. (Wow!)
It does not matter. Let the taxonomists find out. Whatever you call it, he's an interesting guy, and a
rare find ... true sense of the word.
Chinese hamsters are not easily bred in captivity and there are no ownership restrictions in most of
the United States. California, for example, requires that a permit is obtained.
Too cute to be a rat
The Chinese hamster is one of about six hamsters from the group as a "mouse-like hamsters" called.
This is because the head longer and sharper than other hamsters, similarly to that of a mouse. Their
bodies are thin and their fur is shorter and more slender. Also, have a longer tail, which is about an
inch long and semi-prehensile, can be used to assist in climbing.
How true are the small hamsters dwarf hamster China, grows only 4 inches long. Its natural color is
agouti, individual hairs are "striped" with light and dark colors. They have creamy white belly and a
black stripe that runs along the spine.
There are two color variants: the dominant place that knows a hand mostly white with gray-brown
color spread along the dorsal stripe, eyes and blacks, a white hamster that is recognized by an albino
because its eyes are blacks . Both variants are rare, because two of the same breeding animals of
these two varieties of rare offspring vital. In addition, blacks eyed white men apparently sterile.
Chinese hamsters have a relatively long life. Some are known to live up to four years, although the
average life expectancy is two and a half years to three years.
The Loner Set dwarf hamster
This is true dwarf hamsters tend to socialize with others of the same species, is not the case with the
Chinese hamster. They, in fact, despite some successes these experienced breeders keep animals in
pairs or groups, it is not recommended for the novice handler. The females are extremely aggressive
and are known to attack and sometimes kill other hamsters who invade their territory.
On the contrary, they are usually quite friendly to bite their human guardian and very rare. You can
tame a little 'difficult, but because they are extremely shy, and how young people are a bit' nervous.
These little creatures are climbing fast, agile and experienced. You have the behavior affectionate
clinging to their fellow human finger with all four feet and sometimes the tail (like a possum hanging
from a branch). You can not hesitate to jump from a great height, and cause serious injury or worse
When it comes to them, it is best to make sure that they should have a "safe harbor" by minimizing
the distance covered, suddenly jump out of your reach. These features make the Chinese hamster as
a pet is a bad choice for anyone under 12 years or so. Adolescents and young adults would find
Care for your hamster
The requirements for the care of a Chinese hamster are very similar to all other hamsters. You need
a good quality commercially prepared hamster seed mix, supplemented with occasional fresh
vegetables, fruits and vegetables (avoid onions and their relatives). A special treat for worms,
crickets or a small amount of boiled eggs can also be administered. Hay can be used to provide fiber
and has the additional advantage of providing nesting material for your pet. A constant supply of
fresh water is an absolute necessity for the promotion of health and a welcoming nature.
Because of their slender body, the little guys can only go through the bars of nearly every cage. Wire
cages alone are certainly not a good option. An aquarium of 10-20 gallons with a tight cover of the
screen is usually the best choice. As with all hamsters pine or cedar shavings should not be used as
bedding. Aspen shavings or newspaper pellets work well. Make sure that the material with which
you can build your hamster a nest. Materials are acceptable hay clean and shredded paper or tissue
that is free of chemicals or dyes.
Be sure to include a box nest of a type and a variety of toys hamster. Hamsters are very active
animals and also needs to chew, to cut their teeth. A wheel of soft wood and a variety of chew toys
are a must.
A special research
If you believe a Chinese hamster just the right fit for your family, your best bet is to find a
professional breeder in your area can be found. He or she would be able to you on all the laws that
inform the consumer of these wonderful little creatures in your area. Although difficult to obtain,
Chinese hamsters are, without doubt, a very rare and fun.