How Long Do Dwarf Hamsters Live in the Wild?
Like many other animals, dwarf hamsters in the wild are often able to have a longer dwarf hamster life span than average. No, there isn’t some kind of magical hamster fairy giving hamsters in the wild longer lives. In fact, it is more dangerous for a hamster to live in the wild than in captivity (as you can probably imagine). There are extreme changes in temperature, foxes, birds of prey, and all kinds of dangerous things in the wild. But if a hamster’s life isn’t cut short by a predator, he usually has a healthier life in the wild.
This is because, despite all the dangers, the wild has something that the plastic walls of a habitat do not, and that’s the natural ingredients to a dwarf hamster’s health. Hamsters have lived in the wild for a long, long time. So it’s no surprise their bodies are adjusted to surviving in this environment and that the wild provides them with the perfect ingredients to their health.
Three of the major keys to a dwarf hamster’s life span are genes, food, and exercise. These are things that they don’t always get properly in captivity.
The genes of a dwarf hamster play a big role in how long he or she lives. The problem with hamsters in captivity is that many people don’t give these guys the proper care and attention and as a result, unexpected pregnancies and improper breeding can happen. This can easily result in unhealthy babies, especially if inbreeding occurs.
In order to have healthy hamsters in captivity, you should always take precautions to prevent mating and never breed members of the same family. Also, when adopting, if you choose your hamster carefully, you can easily have a hamster with great genes and that is likely to live a long, healthy life.
The second thing dwarf hamsters don’t always get in captivity is a proper diet. Take a page from the book of Mother Nature and feed your hamster a healthy diet that is on par with a diet in the wild.
Finally, pet dwarf hamsters don’t always get enough exercise. In captivity, hamsters are cooped up in a cage. They need to get out and run. In the wild they get to run for miles in the open plains every night. They also have an endless amount of dirt to dig and tunnel in. If you have a pet dwarf hamster, at the very least he should have a wheel and a ball (and a large cage wouldn’t hurt either).
Dwarf Hamsters should be able to live just as long, if not longer, in captivity than in the wild. There are cases where hamsters have lived as much as 5 years in captivity. Hamsters in the wild may be healthier, but if you raise them right, you can give pet hamsters equally healthy lives in addition to providing the safety and comfort of a home.
Source by George Grayson