HAMSTER, a European mammal of the order Rodentia, scientifically known as Cricetus frumentarius (or C. cicetus), and belonging to the mouse tribe, Muridae, in which it typifies the sub-family Cricetinae.
The burrow of the young hamster is only about a foot in depth, while that of the adult descends 4 or 5 ft.
On retiring for the winter the hamster closes the various entrances to its burrow, and becomes torpid during the coldest period.
The skin of the hamster is of some value, and its flesh is used as food.
All rodents, with the sole exception of the dormice, have a caecum, often of great length and sacculated,, as in hares, the water-rat and porcupines; and the long colon in some, as the hamster and water-rat, is spirally twisted upon itself near the commencement.
The group is typified by the European hamster (Cricetus vulgaris or C. cricetus), to which a separate article is devoted (see Hamster); the genus includes a number of species ranged under several sub-genera, such as Mesocricetus, Cricetulus, and Urocricetus, widely spread in Western and Central Asia, the last-mentioned, which is from Tibet, being distinguished by its relatively long tail.
Besides these there are many useful, though commonplace, fur-bearing animals like mink, musquash, skunk, raccoon, opossum, hamster, rabbit, hares and moles, that thrive by depredations upon cultivated land.
Some of the poorer sorts of furs, such as hamster, marmot, Chinese goats and lambs, Tatar ponies, weasels, kaluga, various monkeys, antelopes, foxes, otters, jackals and others from the warmer zones, which until recently were neglected on account of their inferior quality of colour, by the better class of the trade, are now being deftly dressed or dyed in Europe and America, and good effects are produced, although the lack of quality when compared with the better furs from colder climates which possess full top hair, close underwool and supple leathers, is readily manifest.
Hamster.-Size 8 X32 in.
Among the rodents the hamster and the field-mouse are a scourge to agriculture.
A good example of a modern golden hamster is more akin to deep mahogany red than golden.
All found at a website called rabid hamster - far out.
Breeding The ideal age for the female Dwarf Russian hamster to start breeding is between 3 and 4 months of age.
BTW I have kept and bred hamsters so I know what I am talking about.
Chinese hamsters are said to be the most placid of the breeds.
Dwarf hamsters need beds deep enough to allow them to burrow.
First broadcast: 26th March 1979 6. Basil the Rat Manuel insists that his pet rodent is a Siberian hamster.
Just then, the third baby hamster popped up from behind his mom.
Natasha p.3 I keep the hamster I keep the toys in I keep the hamster out!
No one seems to want the friendly little hamster.
One way to find out of you are allergic would be to handle a hamster - do any of your friends have one?
Pat is my pet hamster who loves having her tummy rubbed.
Photographs would be a good way for members to see just what this virus is like and how it affects the hamster.
She was a Syrian hamster with a golden brown warm rich color.
Hamster brain pleasure center.
Hamster cottages Offering a selection of Self Catering cottages throughout Scotland.
Hamster mix, load the cars for the show, carry that sawdust into the house?
Hamster ovary cells.
Hamster style cages that have a wire partition down the middle.