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How old do Russian dwarf hamster live??

Discussion in 'Small Animal Chat' started by Michele145k, Jul 1, 2020.


  1. Michele145k

    Michele145k PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, can anyone answer, my daughter got a hamster February 2018, chewy his name at the time it was 8 weeks old So my calculations is he’s around 2 years 7 months old, he’s still lively a great wee hamster, I have googled and it’s says around 2 years they live, any answers???
     
  2. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

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    A well bred hamster can live 2-3 years. Some documented to live until 4.
    It literally depends on genetics and such.
    In total I've had 5 hamsters. So just to give you an idea.
    Lilith, Syrian, 2+ years (she was a rescue so the youngest she could've been was 2yrs)
    Athena, Syrian, 1 year (again a rescue so age is a guess)
    Hammy, Syrian, 4 years. Got from a breeder.

    My two current hamsters
    Nikolai, roborovski, ~1 year at the moment
    Ghost, Syrian, ~1 year at the moment

    Both are rescues so age is a guess

    As you can see it varies quite a bit.

    Signs of slowing down, sleeping more eating a bit less are common amongst older hamsters. Also gradual thinning of the coat is normal.

    Hopefully that helps.
     
  3. Michele145k

    Michele145k PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you and this does help, he’s starting to lose his fur from his belly and I noticed what I thought was an infections or something more sinister, a hole like blister on his tummy

    I have now found out through another hamster forum this is the scent gland which I never knew hamsters had, I have researched this now.

    he’s a happy, lovely wee hamster who eats And drinks well.

    thank you again for giving me your reply I greatly appreciate
     
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  4. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

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    No problem :)

    Yes all dwarf species have a scent gland on their tummy. Syrian hamsters have them on their hips :)
     
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