Chapter 24. The Syrian Hamster

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. David Whittaker

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch24

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Whittaker, D. (2010) The Syrian Hamster, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch24

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Huntingdon Life Sciences, Woolley Road, Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 4 HS, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) as Golden Hamster - commonly used species in laboratory;
  • Syrian hamsters, unusual and unique features - for experimental studies;
  • minimum enclosure dimensions and space allowances for Syrian Hamsters;
  • oestrous cycle, regular, lasting 4 days;
  • maximum reproductive capability - in Syrian hamsters by 8–10 weeks of age for females;
  • reproductive data for Syrian, Chinese and Djungarian hamsters7. sedatives, tranquillisers and other pre-anaesthetic medication - for use in Syrian hamster;
  • methods of euthanasia suitable for small rodents - also used for hamsters;
  • non-infectious diseases and welfare problems;
  • virus control, limited when caesarean re-derivation is not an option

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • References