Children should be cautioned not to place wheels near their hair, fingers or clothing, as they can become tangled in the wheels or pinched between the wheel and the hamster body.
You can watch how each hamster reacts differently to each area of the toy, and how they zoom around and seemingly make decisions on their own as to where to go and what to do.
The skin of the hamster is of some value, and its flesh is used as food.
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.
On retiring for the winter the hamster closes the various entrances to its burrow, and becomes torpid during the coldest period.
The burrow of the young hamster is only about a foot in depth, while that of the adult descends 4 or 5 ft.
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.
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.
Among the rodents the hamster and the field-mouse are a scourge to agriculture.
Hamster.-Size 8 X32 in.