Dzhungarian hamster adults are known for having a characteristic darkened stripe of fur that runs from head to tail, and being covered with thick fur throughout. Their bodies are rounded with wide, short legs and sharp claws and teeth. They have black eyes, long whiskers, and fairly short tails. Fur becomes lighter during winter months. Other defining traits include their solitary behavior and burrowing abilities.
Dzhungarian hamsters are solitary animals by nature, only meeting for breeding purposes. They live in underground burrows and bring in grass, feathers, or other soft findings to nest in. As for their diet, these hamsters eat grains such as barley and wheat, seeds, legumes, chickpeas, and some plants, which they store in huge cheek pouches while foraging, then store in their burrows. This food management is very useful, especially during the long winter months when they enter a state of hibernation, only waking on warmer days to eat. This hamster has few predators except owls and smalls cats such as the Snow Leopard.
Weight and Size Measurements
At birth, the Dzhungarian hamsters weight about 2 g (0.07 oz). Fully grown adults weight an average of 23.40 g (0.82 oz).
Head and body length can be between 7 and 10.5 cm (2.76 to 4.13 inches). Tail length is 0.6 to 1.8 cm (.25 to .75 inches).
Picture of the Dzhungarian hamster licensed under GFDL
The Dzhungarian hamster is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the Dzhungarian hamsterA young / baby of a Dzhungarian hamster is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Dzhungarian hamster group is called a 'horde'.
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 0.023 kg (0.0506 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 4 years
Female maturity :120 days
Gestation : 20 days
Weaning : 21 days
Litter size : 6
Litters per year : 4
Interval between litters : 40 days
Weight at birth : 0.002 kg (0.0044 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 0.015 kg (0.033 lbs)
Body mass : 0.031 kg (0.0682 lbs)
Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)