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How many bones does a hamster have in it's body?





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Asked by Nuttyhog, Last updated: Jan 05, 2018

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L. Hawkes

L. HawkesTeacher, Memphis
Teacher, Memphis

Answered on Jul 03, 2018

A hamster is very different from humans in its bone structure because they are very different from us in the way they move. They do have joints and cartilage, like us, but their bones, though strong, are very flexible. Some of the bones tend to be fused, and this is the case with the three main skull bones.

This flexibility is important for squeezing the body into and through small areas if the animal was living in its natural state rather than in a cage. The best estimate for the total number of bones is 124, according to an enthusiast who collects the skeletons of small mammals.

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h.Miaham

H.Miaham

Answered on Sep 21, 2017

Just like humans, hamsters have a full skeletal frame for their organs and bodies. However, hamsters have almost one hundred fewer bones than humans due to their smaller bodies. Hamsters’ bones are fragile and they can get broken easily. If a hamster fractures or breaks its bone, it must be set and wrapped in a bandage in order for it to heal. Since hamsters are mammals, they have a backbone and set of bones.

Many people don’t realize that hamsters have bones since their bodies are so soft. Living in a cage with a wheel, the hamster can easily break its leg by getting it caught in the wheel or cage. Sometimes, people accidentally break a hamster’s bones by holding it too tightly.

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Nuttyhog

Nuttyhog

Answered on Aug 25, 2017

124 bones

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