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Old 06-22-2016, 10:39 AM   #1
David Gossett
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I just received 2 we hamsters male. Unknown age. After reading on them I found out thay have a very short life span. I have 3 boy's just love them after just a few days. Is there any way to tell the age? We named them turbo just like the name. And one sleepy just like the name day and night. Thanks for any help. David
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:18 AM   #2
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If you photos someone might get an idea from their ears and facial hair
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:52 AM   #3
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Thanks as soon as my wife and kids get back for a camp trip to the mountains thay will be back Friday night. I will get some pics Thanks for the advice. David
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:41 PM   #4
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Do you know what species of dwarf hamster they are? Some are longer lived than others, generally. If they seem quite sprightly they're probably not that old If someone gave them away to you, they could well have belonged to a child who lost interest quickly.

Turbo sounds pretty fit! Sleepy sounds laid back (our hamster was always a sleepy, even as a baby - he used to lie in bed and drink from his water bottle without moving lol). (He built his first nest next to his water bottle).

As with humans, they can live longer or shorter lives, depending on whether they are lucky and healthy or get something wrong with them.

Most petshop hamsters are Russian hybrids (a cross between a campbells and a winter white) - although some may look like winter whites, and some may look like Campbells).

The General life expectancy of most species of hamster is between 1.5 and 3 years with an average of 2 years I would say. Some people have had hamsters live to 3 or 4 years but it's not very common.

Yes they are short lives, but I found it's nice to see them go through the stages. Our Syrian is an old man right now at just over 2 - he has a bit of arthritis in his back legs and few problems with his teeth. But he's still a feisty old man with a mind of his own
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Old 06-22-2016, 02:42 PM   #5
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That's good to hear. I don't know much about them. I was in petsmart buying tropical fish and this lady aproch me and my boys and said she was here to drop off some hamsters. She told us what we know now and told us everything was free cage, food, bedding, and said if we would take them she would not have to drop off at petsmart store. That's all we know. So we are learning as we go. Seem very friendly after 2 days let us pet and now we can p/u. Turbo is a little nippy just little pinches that's all.
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