10 Interesting Hamster Facts ♥️
Following are 10 interesting facts about these marvellous species.
#1. Hamsters have an inveterate tendency to hoard food in pouches or sacs of their cheeks.
This is why they’re called hamsters (terminology derived from ‘Hamstern’-the German word for hoarding).
#2. Essentially wild animals, hamsters are very gregarious, and hence can be easily domesticated & trained to perform various tricks as well as respond when called out by names.
#3. They are neither diurnal nor nocturnal, but actually crepuscular signifying that they’re on the go during dusk.
#4. There are a total of 24 species of hamster, that come in an extensive variety of sizes with the largest being 34cms, while the dwarf i.e. the smallest hamster measuring up to 5.5-10.5cm long.
#5 Hamsters are omnivorous and consume everything from nuts, grains, seeds to lizards, frogs and insects.
#6. Since hamster incisors grow constantly, they’ve to keep on munching all the time to prevent their teeth from outgrowing them.
#7. Hamsters pups don’t get to see the light of the day until they’re two weeks old.
#8. Hamsters are champion breeders, with female hamsters sometimes giving birth to 24 pups at one go, where the average delivery rate is about 7 pups.
#9. Golden Hamster, a breed native to Syria, and also the most admired of all breeds, is fiercely territorial and may even kill other hamsters entering or sharing its territory.
# 10. Hamsters have very poor eyesight and rely more on their sense of smell rather than their eye sight for moving from one place to another.
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