Sunday, October 23, 2011
The Syrian Hamster:
The Syrian hamster (also known as the golden hamster) is the most popular hamster to keep as a pet. They are also the biggest hamster growing up to seven inches long.
Syrian hamster are fiercely territorial with other hamsters so they need to be kept by themselves. However, these hamsters are generally fairly friendly and easy to handle with humans. They generally have a lower energy level than dwarf hamsters.
Syrian hamsters come in a variety of coat types, patterns, and colors. They can have short fur, long fur, rex fur (curly), and satin fur (shiny). Their are too many colors to even name, the most popular being golden, and some other common colors being cream, cinnamon, black, white, and grey. There are many patterns of colors including banded, spotted, calico, roan, and more.
The Campbell's or Russian Dwarf Hamster
The Campbell's or Russian hamster is also called the Djungarian hamster. However since that is not the easiest to pronounce it is usually just called the Campbell hamster or the russian hamster.
The russian hamster is the most popular dwarf hamster, if handled frequently they can be very friendly and outgoing.
The russian hamster comes in many different colors. The above coloring and pattern is the natural or "wild" coloring with a dark brownish grey strip on its back, grey-brown fur, and white to cream undersides. Other colors are mostly just variations of this with the fur being lighter or darker grey. They also come in cream, black, and white. The coat pattern usually remains pretty much the same, although the coat type can be regular short hair or satin.
My hamster, Pipsqueak, is a russian dwarf. Her coat coloring is one of my favorites. Her coloration is called "black silver".
The Chinese Dwarf Hamster
The Chinese Dwarf Hamsters is, in my opinion, the most unique out of the dwarf hamsters, as it doesn't really look like most dwarf hamsters. The chinese dwarf has a long thin body with a pink tail that is longer than most hamsters, making it look like a mouse.
Like Syrians, chinese dwarfs are generally very territorial and should not be housed with other hamsters. Females are generally more aggressive than males.
The coloring of chinese dwarfs doesn't vary too much. They have a brownish-grey stripe down their back and the rest of their fur is usually a grey-beige color.
The Winter White Dwarf Hamster
You might be thinking right now that the above picture looks an awfully lot like the russian hamster. That is because the Winter White hamster's coloring is basically exactly the same as the natural, or wild coloring of the russian hamster. At one time these two hamsters were thought to be the same breed.
However there is one big difference. As its name suggests, the winter white turns white in the winter!
They are much like the russian hamster in other respects such as temperament and size.
The winter white does not have many different coat colors. They are usually all the same, however you can find a few dark grey or black ones. And in the winter you can find white ones.
The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster
Roborovskis or robos for short, are the smallest of all hamsters. They are generally just under two inches long, and may even be smaller!
Robos are the newest pet hamster out there. They are very gentle and docile however it is best not to handle them because they are FAST! Think of them as little blurs. They never stop moving so they are hard to pick up and catch. They are more of pet that you just watch, and they are very entertaining to watch since when they are awake they are constantly moving and doing crazy things!
Robos have only one coat type, one patter, and one coloring that I know of which is: short hair, with fur that is a cream color with white undersides and feet. Robos also have unique white "eyebrows", which are super cute!
Posted by Emily at 10:29 AM
Quiz answers are here!
The answer to this question is: omnivores.
FUN FACT! Hamsters mostly eat grains, which leads to the incorrect belief that they are herbivores, but they are really omnivores, they like to include some protein in their diet in the form of insects such as mealworms.
FUN FACT! A fun treat for hamsters is a little piece of dog biscuit occasionally. Hamsters like dog biscuits a bit and it gives them that little bit of protein from meat without you having to deal with icky insects.
FUN FACT! My hamster, Pipsqueak, LOVES dried mealworms!!!! It is her favorite treat! (I think they are pretty gross though!)
TRUE OR FALSE: GERBILS HAVE CHEEK POUCHES.
The answer is: false.
New quizzes will be up soon!
Posted by Emily at 9:32 AM
Saturday, October 8, 2011
I am once again late with my quizzes. Which was partly because I am having trouble thinking of good quizzes!!!! Anyway here are the latest quiz answers, sorry for being so late:
FROM WHICH COUNTRY DID AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD DOGS ORIGINATE?
This was a tricky one. The answer is the U.S. The breed was developed in the west United States, as a herding dog. But yes, for some reason it is called the Australian Shepherd.
FUN FACT! The Australian Shepherd is often called an "aussie" for short.
FUN FACT! #2 Many aussies are born with a naturally stubbed tail.
FUN FACT! #3 The Australian Shepherd's ancestors were dogs that originated in the Pyrenees Mountains.
WHICH OF THESE FISH WOULD BE THE BEST TANK MATE FOR A BETTA FISH?
Most of you voted for clownfish, but the answer is: corydora catfish.
Corydora catfish are small catfish (about 1-2 inches). They make great tank mates for betta's because corys are generally very peaceful fish, and bettas and corydora catfish generally swim at different levels of the tank, the corys staying at the bottom most of the time. Corys are also not brightly colored, which is good because bettas often attack colorful fish mistaking them for another betta.
A clownfish would not be an appropriate tank mate for bettas mainly because clownfish are saltwater fish, and bettas are freshwater fish. They could not survive in each other's habitats.
Another betta fish is not an appropriate tank mate for a male betta, because male bettas fight to the death. (Which is why they are often called "fighting fish")
And tiger barbs are not good tank mates for bettas because.... no one seems to know why. They just don't get along well. Tiger barbs tend to be nippy and unfriendly with bettas.
NOTE: Corydora catfish are great tank mates for bettas, but you shouldn't put any other kind of catfish with a betta. Corydora catfish are small being the size of a betta, but most other catfish will grow large and may eventually eat the betta.
New quizzes will be up as soon as I think of some good ones. I've got quiz writer's block.
Posted by Emily at 12:33 PM