The hamster is a rodent. Its incisors are orange in colour. Only the incisors grow continuously. It has a lacrimal gland (Harder gland) behind the eye that produces a reddish-brown pigment when under stress or during illness.
Hamsters have jowls. These are used to carry food, bedding, or babies.
Male hamsters have glands (black spots) on each flank.
Lawsonnia Intracellularis is the causal agent suspected of causing a severe enteritis commonly known as “wet tail”. Young hamsters between 3 and 10 weeks of age are more often affected. It causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, which leads to an exceedingly high mortality rate.\