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There are more than 20 kinds of hamsters in the wild, but only a few have been domesticated. Classic Golden, or Syrian Hamsters are usually about 6 to 8 inches long and weigh 3 to 5 ounces. They are colorblind and see their surroundings in black and white. They come in many colors. One variety is the Teddy Bear, or Long-haired. Golden or Syrian hamsters are solitary animals. If kept together, they will fight, sometimes to the death. Even though pet stores often house Syrians together, this is a harmful situation for the animals. It leads to competition, aggressiveness, unsanitary conditions, and, in the case of mistaken sexing, babies.

What factors play a role in how long your pet hamster lives. The biggest factors include:

Hamsters have a life span of about 1000 days (a little less than 3 years). The sizes of hamsters will vary with the type of breed. The giant hamster gets to be 8-12 inches long, the middle sized hamster, which is the most common hamster found in pet stores, is 5-6 inches (Golden Hamsters are in this group, including the Syrian Golden Hamster), and the dwarf hamster is only 2-4 inches long!

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Just some of the factors that affect how long a hamster will live are: Hamsters do not have long tails, by any stretch of the imagination. The majority of hamster tails do not reach an inch in length. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, one of the defining physical characteristics of the hamster species is the tail. It's not just short as tails go; it has a stumpy overall look to it.

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If you spotted a cute, tiny, furry rodent with a long tail, you can rule out the possibility of it being a hamster. The rodent may be a gerbil, though. Gerbils in many ways look very similar to hamsters -- the main difference is the gerbil's significantly longer and more graceful tail. The tail of a gerbil usually is just as long as the animal's full body, which is about 4 inches long, according to the ASPCA.

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Breeding & Mating
To breed your hamsters, introduce the female into the male’s cage every evening for four days during her estrus. Estrus is the period of time, usually about 12 hours long, when the female will mate with the male. The female will be receptive if she flattens her body and splays her legs when you stroke her back. Estrus occurs during the night and there may be some minor sparring and tussling between the male and female. If you want to breed your hamsters – or if you think your female hamster may get pregnant unexpectedly – then you’ll want to know how long you can expect to wait before you have lots of baby hamsters on your hands!The longest lived hamster on average is the Roborovski dwarf hamster, which lives for an average of 3 to 3.5 years. On average, different types of hamster live for the following amounts of time, though these are only averages, the life span of individual hamsters can vary quite considerably.With a wheel, your hamster can run surprisingly long distances without ever having to leave home. In fact, hamsters running in wheels have been known to run more than 5 miles in a single night!