Hamsters are a type of fur-coated mammal who have oversized chubby cheeks and short tails. These small mammals live in the wilderness and some species are found common as household domestic pets. There are around twenty species of hamsters and they are found in a variety of habitats, mainly from deserts and plains to sand drifts and agricultural fields across Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. The European hamster is one of the species who is critically endangered at the present.
These rodents construct burrows to their continuously growing incisors, there’s indeed a lot to learn about these little fluffballs. Here are a few facts that you might not know about hamsters.
Hamsters are nocturnal rodents which means they like to sleep during the day and stay awake at night. Hamsters are born for the storage of food. Their cheeks are like tiny hauls that they can fill with fruit, grains, roots, and leaves. When they find an ample source of food, they fill their cheeks and return to their burrows, where they have already constructed, food chambers for food storage.
A cute clip of a Japanese hamster went viral, where the little fellow was eating a little carrot in bed under his own blanket. His name was Mike and he managed to steal the hearts of many over the Internet.
Generally, hamsters are ideal house pets because they are quite gentle and are quite easy to take care of. They may bite when they are startled or scared, as a defense mechanism. They will also bite if they are woken up during their sleeping time. Since they sleep during the day and humans are awake during the day, this means that biting is more likely to happen.
Hamsters normally have very poor eyesight. Their scent glands on the backs diffuse an easily identifiable odor and to find their way back home, they leave a trail of scent by rubbing their backs against certain objects. When a hamster needs to find their way back home, it will use this scent trail as a guiding light.
The hamster’s teeth tend to grow gradually with time. Chewing on wood or twigs keeps their teeth blunt. If they go without anything like that to chew on, their teeth would grow so long and sharp that they might as well injure the upper jaw of the mouth and lips. In conclusion, along with a fact bolt to these hamsters, footage of an adorable instance of a hamster chewing on a carrot was witnessed.
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