According to the Southern Hamster Club, dwarf hamsters typically are pregnant for 18 days although the gestation period sometimes extends up to 25 days. The average litter size is four, but as many as 10 babies are possible. Large litters often have high mortality rates.
The Small Animal Channel explains that dwarf hamsters, or pups, are born blind and hairless. After about two weeks, they have fur and open eyes, and they move around on their own. Though pups are still nursing, they're able to start on solid foods. By 3 weeks old, pups are fully weaned. Between the ages of 3 1/2 and 5 weeks, pups need to be removed from their parents' home with males and females placed into separate cages.Learn More
Hamster supplies are items that hamster owners need to ensure the health, safety and overall well-being of these pets. Hamsters are low-maintenance pets that do not require a lot of supplies. They need a spacious living area and items for feeding and drinking. Hamsters love to chew, wander, hide, dig and run, so their homes should also include items that allow them to perform these activities.Full Answer >
Djungarian hamsters are a type of dwarf hamster from Central Asia. They are commonly sold as pets in Europe and America. In the United States, animals sold as Djungarians are usually Campbell's Russian hamsters, but elsewhere, "Djungarian" refers to the Siberian hamster, which is a separate species.Full Answer >
To indicate stress, a hamster alternates between running and grooming as well as squeaking, biting and overeating. He also becomes more irritable, is more likely to bite, and may confine himself or hide. Over time as stress damages the digestive system, he can start to suffer from diarrhea or constipation.Full Answer >
Golden hamsters usually weigh from 100 to 125 grams. The most common dwarf hamster, the Campbell's hamster, averages 23.4 grams. Both species are popular as pets.Full Answer >