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ham·ster

(ham'stĕr),
Any of four genera (subfamily Cricetinae, family Muridae) of small rodents widely used in research and as pets: Cricetus, Cricetulus, Mesocricetus, and Phodopus. All hamsters are seed and plant feeders, store food, hibernate in winter, and breed throughout the year under laboratory conditions.

hamster

A rodent, Cricetus cricetus, belonging to the family Cricetidae, common in Europe and western Asia. It is extensively used in medical research.
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Yet they wanted to find a different use for the material they work with - polyurethane-coated polystyrene."We haven't found anything like that anywhere else, so we went for it," Piroch told The Slovak Spectator about the idea of shrinking people to hamster size.
Different age classes of the small laboratory mammals, such as mice, rats or hamsters, can be predicted by plotting the frequency distribution of their body weights segregating into different cohorts and thereby determining the body weight distribution by statistical models(Chou et al, 1998).
Hamsters, by contrast, are loners who may not cohabitate well with a partner in the cage."
Hamsters can make wonderful pets but the RSPCA urges anyone thinking of taking one on to do their research, as is the case with any pet, before taking one home.
As the intrepid hamster does not belong to nearby neighbours, the RSPCA thinks she may have come from further afield.
2b); these hamsters were classified as stavropolicus morphotype (the name is based on "subspecies" C.
Greenhill does not spay or neuter hamsters because of the small size of the critters.
"Kayla," Maria said, approaching her, "I thought you were bringing a hamster to the show."
During the study, hamsters were switched between enriched and non-enriched conditions, and this was reflected in their mood.
I think we got on to it because the proudest moment in my entire scholarly career was not passing my highers but finding Hannibal the hamster in a jam jar under the sink in primary 1 and being hailed a hero for, oh, at least 20 minutes.
Some hamsters can be irritated by dusty wood shavings or strong smelling dyes in their bedding.
The common hamster (Cricetus cricetus) is a protected species emblematic to the biodiversity of the Alsace region.