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Roborovskii Hamster
(Phodopus Roborovskii)

Roborovskii hamster has endearing white "eyebrows" and white whiskers.

Roborovskii hamsters are the newest addition to the family of hamsters kept as pets. They originate from Mongolia and are the smallest of the hamster family, being only about 5cm long when fully grown. They are sandy brown on their head and back and pure white underneath, and they also have endearing white "eyebrows" and whiskers. This colouration may be a defense mechanism, as it makes the hamster look as though it has eyes on the back of its head.

Roborovskii hamsters are gentle and naturally docile but extremely fast! They rarely if ever bite but do wiggle - and if they escape they are difficult to catch, although repeated, gentle handling will calm them down somewhat. They make ideal pets for those who basically want a pet that is active and interesting to watch.

Adapted from:
The Midland Hamster Club

Additional References:
Dwarf Hamsters: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual by Sharon Vanderlip (Barron's Educational Series, 1999)

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