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An Introduction to Russian Dwarf Hamsters

An Introduction to Russian Dwarf Hamsters


An Introduction to Russian Dwarf Hamsters

by Chris Copeland

The Russian Dwarf Hamster is actually a collection of different dwarf hamster species, that interestingly enough, do not originate from Russia. Among these species are the Winter White Russian Dwawrves, the Roborovski Russian Dwarves and the Djunagias or Campbell's Russian Dwarves.

First let us discuss size. The smallest among the three are the Raborovski Dwarf Hamsters. They measure four to five centimeters in length. The Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamsters and the Djungaria or Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamsters measure at least eight centimeters.

The most unusual of Russian Dwarf Hamsters is the Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamster. They are often sold two-by-two. They have the unique ability to blend in with the whiteness of snow, as a disguise so that they will not be easily spotted as prey. They are the most amiable among the three species.

Interestingly enough, even when tamed, these white creatures also morph into white during the colder months when there is less sun. This is true only for those pets that are kept where there is natural light.

The Djungaria Russian Dwarf Hamsters take their name from the Mongolian region of Djungaria. Also called Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamsters, these are the most prevalent among the different species. Equally prevalent is the number of the alternative ways they are being bred. Now, you will find them in various shades and colors.

The third and smallest kind of Russian Dwarf Hamsters are the Roboroski, which are all the way from Mongolia and China. Their distinctive features are their sand brown color and gray undercoats. They have long legs and they are very prissy.

Owing to their small size, they must be kept in cages where they cannot slip past the bars. Better to have no bars at all and keep them in plastic or glass containers. They are the most sanitary creatures and like to groom and bathe themselves regularly.

Taking care of Russian Dwarf Hamsters is similar to those of regular hamsters. Feed them regularly and give them lots of clean water. They will thank you for it. Clean their cages and accessories too, and don't forget to replace their substrate weekly.

Another must for Russian Dwarf Hamsters is exercise. They love to run around outside their cages but it would cause you to lose them. In order to satisfy their urge to get out, keep them in a hamster ball (but away from the stairs please) so that they can roll all over your house, and still be in a secured enclosure.

About the Author:
Chris Copeland is a lover of Dwarf Hamsters. If you want to learn more about Dwarf Hamsters you should check out his free tips on russian dwarf hamster at http://dwarfhamsters.net.

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