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  Hamster - MSN Encarta
Hamsters live in many-chambered burrows 1 to 1.5 m (4 to 5 ft) below the surface of the ground in fields; they subsist mostly on cereal grains and may extensively damage crops.
The fur of some hamsters, notably the unusually colored, fl-bellied hamster, is used for the lining of coats, and the flesh is sometimes eaten.
Golden hamsters are widely used in medical research and kept as children's pets.
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  Hamster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A hamster is a rodent belonging to subfamily Cricetinae.
Hamsters are nest builders and a steady supply of fresh strips of tissue or newspaper (with soy-based ink) allows them to build a secure and comfortable spot in a corner of their enclosure or in their hiding house.
Hamster bedding materials made of fluffy cotton cloth are extremely dangerous, as they can tangle around the hamsters neck and limbs as well as posing a choking hazard, due to the fact that they cannot be broken down by the hamsters gut.
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Huerkamp, M.J. and Dillehay, D.L.: Coliform Mastitis in a Golden Syrian Hamster.
Hamster an important reservoir host and source of infection for man. In period 1965-1974 at least sixty (60) cases of overt or subclinical LCM occurred in personnel in research labs; infections were contracted from hamsters or infected tumor-cell lines passaged in hamsters.
The Histopathology of Hereditary Dystrophy-like Myopathy in Syrian Hamsters.
www.afip.org /vetpath/POLA/HAMSTER.BUNTE.94   (5276 words)

 Golden Hamsters as Pets
Golden Hamsters are also nocturnal, spending most of the day sleeping, and waking in the early evening to spend an active night.
Golden Hamsters have a relatively short life span, averaging around 2-2.5 years (though life spans of 4 years are on record).
You may wish to move your hamster to a well-ventilated area to reduce the odor, but be careful to maintain a warm temperature and avoid drafts.
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 Golden Hamster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Originally, Syrian Hamsters came in just one color--the mixture of brown, fl, and gold which gave them their "Golden" name--but they have since developed a myriad of color mutations such as cream, white, blonde, banded, tortoiseshell, calico, and sable.
Syrian Hamsters are wildly popular as housepets due to their docile, inquisitive natures and small size.
Syrian Hamsters have also been used in scientific research--in the study of many diseases, as well as in the study of behaviour.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Golden_Hamster   (825 words)

 AllRefer.com - hamster (Vertebrate Zoology) - Encyclopedia
Hamsters feed on grain and other plant matter and are serious agricultural pests in many parts of their range.
The common, or European, hamster, Cricetus cricetus, of the temperate parts of Europe and W Asia, is reddish brown with fl underparts and white patches on the nose, cheeks, throat and flanks.
The Syrian, or golden, hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, of E Europe and W Asia, is familiar as a laboratory animal and pet, but is little known in the wild state; all of the domestic stock is descended from a single group captured in 1930.
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 alt.pets.hamsters FAQ 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
All Golden Hamsters are descended from the original litter found in Syria except for a few that were brought into the United States by travellers who found them in the desert.
In the wild, hamsters are a nuisance to farmers.
As a result hamsters have been used successfully in trials of anti-alcoholism drugs by seeing if they were put off their preferred choice of a 15% alcohol solution when given the choice with plain water.
www.tela.bc.ca /hamster/hamsterfaq2.html   (4272 words)

 Comfortable Quarters for Hamsters
The entire laboratory and pet population of the golden hamsters appear to be the descendants of a single brother-sister pairing.
Hamsters are nocturnal animals who instinctively avoid being touched by man. It is therefore important to gently wake a hamster up before manipulating him or her during daytime hours.
Golden hamsters readily overcome their instinctive fear of humans when they are regularly handled with gentleness.
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The Russian Dwarf Hamster, scientifically known as Phodopus sungorus, is a distant relative of the common domestic Golden (or Syrian) Hamster, Mesocricetus auratus.
Hamsters in their winter coat can be distinguished from albinos by their fl eyes, unlike the deep pink eyes of the albinos.
In general, put a female in a male's cage, or an older hamster in with a younger one, as females and older adults seem to be the most aggressive and should thus be made the "stranger" in such a pairing.
netvet.wustl.edu /species/hamsters/phodopus.txt   (3645 words)

 hamster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Golden and common hamsters live alone and are active mostly at night.
A female golden hamster carries her young in her body for 16 days, and the common hamster carries hers for 16 to 20 days.
Golden hamsters are frequently used as experimental animals in scientific research.
www.creighton.k12.az.us /montevista/animals/hamster.htm   (354 words)

 Golden hamster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The remaining hamsters were given to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where they weresuccessfully bred.
Justabout all Golden Hamsters are descended from the original litter found in Syria, except for a few that were brought into theUnited States by travellers who found them in the desert.
A separate stock of hamsters was imported into the US in 1971, but itisn't known if any of today's North American pets are descended from them.
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 Golden Hamster
Golden hamsters are also called "Syrian hamsters"; "teddy bear hamsters" are Syrian hamsters with long hair.
Golden Hamsters are normally docile, especially with people.
They are also the most popular type of hamster, making their requirements for care the best known of all hamsters.
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 Syrian (Golden) Hamster
Popularly known as Golden Hamsters, these small rodents were first found in the Syrian desert.
Most pet hamsters are descended from a single family that was collected in 1930.
Pet hamsters should be given dried hamster food, supplemented with pieces of vegtables, fruit, wild plants, cereals, nuts and hard-boiled egg.
www.pets.com.sg /hamster/breeds/syrian-golden-hamster.php   (184 words)

 Hamster Haven
Hamsters are peculiar little rodents with large cheek pouches and short stubby tails.
Virtually all domesticated hamsters sold in the pet trade and research are descendents of three of the survivors of this litter.
Ahroni, a professor of the Department of Zoology, was exploring an animal burrow in the Syria desert in 1930.
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Common and golden hamsters are mostly nocturnal; grey hamsters may be seen by day and night during the spring and summer, but are completely nocturnal in the winter.
In captivity, golden hamsters have to be separated after mating, otherwise the female may kill the male.
Common hamsters have sometimes been trapped by man for their fur and are considered to be a pest because they dig up root vegetables and eat other crops.
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Hamsters, even those recently captured in the wild, are readily tamed, although they remain remarkably adept at chewing on and escaping from their cages.
Factors affecting hamster restraint are the loose skin, which must be gathered to immobilize the animal, the tendency to bit when startled, and the predisposition to sleep deeply and then awaken suddenly.
Adult hamsters are housed in temperatures between 18 degrees and 29 degrees C with a suggested level of 18 degrees to 26 degrees C (65 degrees to 79 degrees F).
www.fauvet.fau.edu /oacm/VetData/Handouts/hamster.htm   (1668 words)

 Hamster Care - This Site Is All About Hamster Care
hamster (Phodopus sungorus sungorus) and Campbell's dwarf hamster (Phodopus sungorus campellii).
Hamster cages are easier to carry, their bars can be used for climbing, and they usually include a convenient front door.
Middle-sized hamsters, such as the Golden Hamster, especially enjoy climbing the cage walls (the hamster cage should have horizontal and vertical bars) and are more open to the outside world, which is why cages might be the better choice for this kind of hamsters.
www.datorsam.com /HamsterCare   (3122 words)

 Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association - Biology of the Hamster
The Syrian or golden hamster is native to southeast Europe and Asia Minor (northwest Syria).
Hamsters are omnivorous, making vegetables, seeds, fruits, and meat part of their diet; they store grain in their burrows.
Two methods to lift a hamster without touching it are to allow the hamster to enter a small container, or to grasp the hamster by the loose skin of the neck area with a rubber-tipped thump forceps.
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Domestic hamsters are derived from one female wild golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) and her 12 offspring.
The dwarf hamster is the smallest, with greyish or buff upperparts, white underparts and a short tail.
The golden hamster is the most well-known hamster, having been kept as a popular pet for many years.
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 Aliz's Hamster Page
Hamsters are mammals: they're warm-blooded, grow hair, and feed their young, called puppies, with milk.
Golden hamsters are solitary animals, so only on hammy should be in a cage, otherwise they'll fight and can hurt each other seriously.
Hamsters can become so addicted to the hamster wheel, that taking it away can result in the hamster becoming aggressive or depressed (so always play with your hamster often and give him/her plenty of toys to play with!).
www.alizpages.com /hamsters/care.html   (1252 words)

 Mammals » Rodents » Hamster - Syrian Main Page
As most of us know, hamster cages come in a wide variety of sizes, materials etc. Your Syrian Hamster will do well in a wide variety of these cages, however the plastic cage is probably one of the best, but try not to have anything plastic in it.
The Syrian Hamster also known as the 'Common Hamster' or 'Golden Hamster' is one of the larger breeds of hamster.
Hamsters do have powerful jaws, even tame hamsters will bite if mishandled, and therefore children should be supervised when handling a hamster to ensure they are not bitten because of mishandling.
www.centralpets.com /animals/mammals/rodents/rod4009.html   (1026 words)

 Syrian (Golden) Hamster
Popularly known as Golden Hamsters, these small rodents were first found in the Syrian desert.
Most pet hamsters are descended from a single family that was collected in 1930.
Pet hamsters should be given dried hamster food, supplemented with pieces of vegtables, fruit, wild plants, cereals, nuts and hard-boiled egg.
www.petshub.com /hamster/breeds/syrian-golden-hamster.php   (178 words)

 Hamsters, Teddy hamster, Satin Hamster, Russian Dwarf hamster, Albino hamster, Syrian Golden Hamster, Longhaired Golden ...
Hamsters are nocturnal, so 90% of their waking hours are at night when the cage is dark.
The Golden Hamster was the original breed of middle sized hamster which has been bred successfully for many years and thrives as a domesticated pet.
This seems to be common among hamsters and is usually caused by a lack of exercise, a spinal injury, or lack of vitamin D. Provide plenty of exercise toys and supplement the diet with wheat germ and wheat germ oil if your hamster seems to be losing the use of its' limbs.
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 FAQ's - Miscellaneous   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A Syrian hamster, also called a golden hamster, is basically any of the non-dwarf hamster varieties sold as pets.
Hamsters can be tricky with very young children as i have lost my favorite hamster by my little sister.
Many hamsters don’t mind being awakened during the day for treats or to play, but keep in mind that you should give it some time to wake up fully and never surprise it in its sleep by sticking your hand in (hence the importance of careful supervision of children, who tend to be more abrupt).
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 Hamster's Home Page
Golden hamsters were first discovered in 1839 by the British zoologist George Waterhouse near the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Golden hamsters, are about 6 inches (15 cm) in size, with golden color and white underparts.
Hamster cages should be, at least, ten inches by sixteen inches by ten inches by sixteen inches by ten inches high, (for a single hamster).
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 Hamster Hideout - Hamster Basics - Breeds - Syrian
Syrian hamsters are probably the most common domesticated hamster.
All Syrian hamsters in captivity are believed to be descended from a mother and her 12 cubs who were dug out of a burrow near Syria, in 1930.
The Syrian hamster is also known commonly as the golden hamster, although today's advance breeding techniques have developed more than 40 different colour types.
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Syrian Hamsters are anti-social animals and my take on them is that they just want to eat and play on their wheel and really honestly would prefer to never see or interact with humans.
Hamsters produce a fairly pungent urine and their cages can be smelly, although this is ameliorated by the fact that they should be kept alone.
Syrian Hamsters are not social animals and must not be kept with others of their species after they reach adulthood.
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 Golden hamster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is remarkable for having a pouch on each side of the jaw, under the skin, and for its migrations.
It was the cutest sight to see your hamster stuff his cheeks all puffy with his seed food, where was he going to store it?.
If you're a Golden Bough fan, and you know you are, believe me, you're already starting to tear up a little at the thought of the Celtic music band, based right here in Pacifica, breaking up and saying goodbye.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Golden_hamster.html   (964 words)

 HamsterCare.CO.UK --- Your Online Hamster Information Resource
Syrian hamsters both male and female have two patches of fur on either side of their hips which are scent glands.
Roborovski hamsters should never be housed in small cages despite their small size and require at least a 24" X 12" glass tank or plastic cage.
Chinese hamsters are ideal for experienced hamster owners as they are difficult to catch and sometimes nip, but when caught are a pleasure.
www.hamstercare.co.uk /1breeds.html   (819 words)

 Amazon.ca: Inside the Burrow: The Life of the Golden Hamster: Books: Heiderose Fischer-Nagel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Grade 3-6 Golden hamsters are engaging, and any book lavished with color photos of the bright-eyed tiny rodents will not be a shelf sitter.
Although generations removed from the wild (all golden hamsters in captivity are descended from one mother and her litter captured in 1930, and females can and do bear young up to six times a year), the hamsters photographed for this book still burrow and set up a social structure.
Describes the characteristics and behavior of hamsters both in the wild and in captivity, as demonstrated by a pair observed in a burrow built by the authors.
www.amazon.ca /Inside-Burrow-Life-Golden-Hamster/dp/0876142862   (361 words)

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