Laboratory hamster biology

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Physiological values

Table: Physiological Values - Hamster
Adult body weight: male85-130g
Adult body weight: female95-150g
Birth weight2g
Life span18-24 months
Food consumption>15g/100g/day
Water consumption>20ml/100g/day
Breeding onset: male10-14 weeks
Breeding onset: female6-10 weeks
Cycle length4 days
Gestation period15-16 days
Postpartum estrusInfertile
Litter size5-9
Weaning age20-25 days
Breeding duration10-12 months
Commercial5-7 litters

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Updated on 16th June 2021

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