TITLE

Hamster

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Hamster, a burrowing rodent native to western Asia. It looks somewhat like a short, plump rat with thick, soft fur. It has rather large ears and very short legs. Unlike the rat, the hamster has a stubby tail and roomy cheek pouches in which it carries food. Hamsters usually hibernate when the temperature drops below 45� F. (7� C.) and food is scarce. They raise several litters a year, each averaging about seven young. Hamsters mature in about 60 days.
ACCESSION #
37310048

 

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