Sunday, April 8, 2012

Dwarf Hamsters

Campbell Russian Dwarf Hamsters


Russian dwarf hamster - Phodopus Campbell - was discovered by WC Campbell in 1902 in Mongolia in the Tuva region. Campbell dwarf hamster is common in the semi-arid areas of Central Asia, Altay Mountains, and in the provinces of Hebei and Heilungkiang, located in northeast China. Unlike Syrian hamsters, dwarf Russianhamster is a highly gregarious species living in the wild, in families or in large colonies.


In the steppes of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, Campbell hamster dig tunnels that can extend up to three meters underground. These tunnels are lined with debris, sheep wool and herbs. The den maintains an average temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit (16 °C). Natural predators are different owls, foxes, hawks, and weasels.


In terms of color there are 6 basic colors of the Campbell hamster:
• Agouti (wild gray brown color with white belly and black eyes)
• Silver (shades of cinnamon or sandy with white belly and red eyes)
• Silver with black eyes (brownish orange with white belly and black eyes)
• Albino (white with red eyes)
• Opal (blue gray with white belly and red eyes)
• Black (black all over with black eyes)

After crossbreeding copies can be obtained with different color combinations of colors and patterns (spotted, collared, marble, platinum).

Other resources:
Dwarf Hamsters - feeding and care

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