Roborovski hamsters are the smallest type of hamster, even among other Dwarf-type hamsters. As such, they are very popular among many hamster owners. Roborovski hamsters are adorable, sociable and fairly easy to care for. However, there are a few notable differences between Roborovski hamsters and some other hamster species. To provide the best possible care for your Roborovski hamster, it’s important that you are well-informed about this unique hamster species. Here is some general information about Roborovski hamsters.
Housing: Roborovski hamsters are very small, growing to be about the same length as a human thumb (approximately 4.5 cm) when they are adults. Since Roborovski hamsters are so small, they may be difficult to contain in some conventional cages. In reality, many wire hamster cages are not suitable for holding Roborovski hamsters. It’s usually best to keep a Roborovski hamster in a glass aquarium, or in a wire cage that has extremely small openings in between wires. Due to their instinctual desire to dig, it’s best if you use thick bedding in your Roborovski hamster’s cage.
History: The Roborovski hamster was first noted as being discovered in 1894, by a man named Vsevolod Roborovski. In the 1960′s, Roborovski Hamsters were imported into London, in order to be shown at the London Zoo. It wasn’t until 1998 that Roborovski hamsters were first imported into the United States of America. Roborovski hamsters are now also very common as pets in South Korea, Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
In the Wild: Roborovski hamsters are technically classified as being a “Near Threatened” species in the wild. They are native to the Gobi Desert, as well as sections of northern China and the Mongolian desert. Roborovski hamsters are desert-dwellers, being able to efficiently conserve any water that they consume. Roborovski hamsters live in burrows, which may extend from 60 to 200 cm under the ground. A surprising fact about Roborovski hamsters is that they are not herbivores, they commonly consume insects and some types of meat in the wild. This classifies the Roborovski hamster as an omnivore.
Breeding: Roborovski hamsters are frequent breeders, and may even produce litters in captivity if not separated. If a male and female Roborovski hamster are kept in a cage together, a pregnancy will often occur after around five weeks. The gestation period for a pregnant female Roborovski hamster may be from 20 to 30 days. After this time, a female will give birth to from 4 to 6 hamster pups.