Siberian Dwarf Hamster/Winter White Hamster

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Siberian Dwarf Hamster/Winter White Hamster

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:16 am

Siberian or Winter White hamsters hail from Kazakhstan and Siberia. Frequently confused with the Campbell’s Russian hamster, the Winter White Russian hamster is actually more egg shaped, with broader heads and narrower shoulders. In addition, the normal Winter Whites are a clearer shade of grey and with paler browns than Campbell’s hamsters. They are able to molt into pure white winter coat, which camouflages them in the snow and lends them their name.

Besides donning a normal grey coat which sheds to a white one, these hamsters appear in sapphire (blue grey) or pearl (permanently white). They also have black eyes, gray ears and white bellies and feet. Generally, they have prominent marked arches from the belly to the top color and a black stripe stretching from between the eyes to the tips of their tails. These hamsters’ tails and legs are barely visible. Sapphire Winter Whites, however, don a smoky grey coat with bluish undertones and are spotted with three significantly marked arches between their bellies and top colors. Instead of wearing a black stripe like the normal Winter Whites, a steel blue stripe the full length from between their eyes to the tails is in place.

Most dwarf hamsters are similar in temperament and are sociable, curious creatures. They are extremely well behaved, seldom biting or nipping anyone who comes in contact with them. Outgoing, friendly and confident, they are highly suited for individuals who enjoy watching these delightful, independent pets busily go about their daily mundane activities, without a care in the world. Dwarfs are able to live harmoniously in small groups, unlike the Syrian loners.

Most hamsters survive on diet of pellets, seeds and grains. Fruits like apples and pumkins and berries make great treats, but avoid oranges, green apple and other citric fruits at all costs. Always keep a clean supply of water for your hamster.

Because hamsters are very small, nocturnal and not closely observed, the early signs of illness are frequently overlooked or not noted at all. Hamster owners must be constantly vigilant for signs of illness and must seek immediate veterinary assistance when illness is suspected.

5 Fast Facts

Size

Ranges from 5 to 10cm, with an additional 7 to 11mm of tail.

Average lifespan

They live about 1.5 to 2 years, but can live up to 4years of age.

Personality

Docile, curious, active and sociable.

Favourite Activities

Digging, burrowing, scooting in tubes and tunnels, nibbling on fresh fruit and vegetable treats.

Tender Loving Care
Handle or speak to your hamster daily. Unlike Syrians, they will become wild when left neglected. Always hold them properly and practise good cage cleaning habits.

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