How Flexible Is A Hamster's Body

How Flexible Is A Hamster’s Body?

Ever asked the question ‘how flexible is a hamster’s body?’

They are amazing creatures who dont have the bone structure that we do.

Their bones although sturdy, in fact many think their bones are collapsable, but their bones are connected with joints and cartilidge just like ours.

Observing a hamster at first hand, enables you to get an insight into how different they are from us in the way they use their body.

Watching them in their cage

In the hamster cage we have, there are many different tunnels that our hamster can run along.

The tunnels are about three inches in diameter and allow the hamster to run about and explore away from their cage and nest.

I have seen him on many occasions turn inside the tunnel and head off in the opposite direction.

It is an extremely difficult manouvre to make and one that involves contortioning their body in order to  push its head back on itself and drag its body behind it.

Observing them doing this, makes you realize how flexible their bodies are and how they are equipped for different contained environments.

They can squeeze through the tiniest of holes

Like other rodents such as rats and mice, hamsters can squeeze into the smallest of holes.

This allows them to get access to many different places and to escape different predators.

Like mice, hamsters don’t have collar bones which means that they can turn their head in the most unorthodox way.

But their skull is solid and cannot be shrunk or squeezed in any way.

So providing they can fit their head through a gap, the rest of their body will follow.

This also means that they can turn in confined spaces.

Getting their head through a gap is the key, the body follows

As long as they can fit their head through the remaining gap in the space.

So to answer the question, a hamster’s body is very flexible. It’s just their head that isn’t.