Chap 6 The Hamster, Gerbil and the Ferret

Lab and Exotics
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Scientific name for the Syrian or golden hamster
Mesocricetus Auratus
Immunologically privileged site of hamster that lacks intact lymphatic pathway
Cheek pouches
Changes in hamster physiology during hibernation make them good models for
Hypothermia
Dark pigmented glands in the hamster that are used for marking territory
Flank Glands
Common renal disease of geriatric hamsters
Amyloidosis
Most common infectious disease of hamsters (aka "wet tail")
Proliferative Ileitis
Scientific name of gerbil most commonly seen in biomedical research
Meriones Unguiculatus
Common condition of gerbils characterized by nasal dermatitis
Red nose/sore nose/stress-induces chromodacryorrhea
Scientific name of domestic ferret
Mustela Putorius Furo
What virus is often fatal in unvaccinated ferrets?
Canine Distemper
Hamster's Life Span
18 - 36 months
Hamster's Heart Rate
310 - 470 beats/min
Hamster's Respiratory Rate
38 - 110 breaths/min
Hamster's Rectal
37.6 degrees C (99.7 degrees F)
Hamster's Age at puberty
Male 8 wks; Females 6 wks
Hamster's Estrus cycle length
4 - 5 days
Hamster's Length of gestation
15 - 18 days
Hamster's average litter size
5 - 10
Hamster's weaning age
19 - 21 days
Gerbils average life span
24 - 39 months
Gerbils heart rate
260 - 600 beats/min
Gerbils respiratory rate
85 - 160 breaths/min
Gerbils rectal temperature
38.2 degrees C (100.7 degrees F)
Gerbils age at puberty
Male 9 - 18 weeks; Female 9 - 12 weeks
Gerbils estrus cycle length
4 - 7 days
Gerbils length of gestation
23 - 26 days
Gerbils average litter size
3 - 8
Gerbils weaning age
21 - 28 days
Ferrets average life span
5 - 8 years; with good vet care it can be up to 8 - 11 years.
Ferrets heart rate
180 - 250 beats/min
Ferrets respiratory rate
33 - 36 breaths/min
Ferrets rectal temperature
37.8 - 40 degrees C (100.0 - 104 degrees F)
Ferrets age at puberty
9 - 12 months
Ferrets estrus cycle length
Continuous
Ferrets length of gestation
41 - 42 days
Ferrets average litter size
8
Ferrets weaning age
6 - 8 weeks
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