Roborovski dwarf hamster
Mammals,  Pets

Snowball the Roborovski Dwarf Hamster

Last Friday my parents surprised my brother and me with a Roborovski (Robo) dwarf hamster. It was very exciting and scary at the same time. It was scary because we didn’t know how to take care of him. Thanks to YouTube we quickly found a lot of information on hamsters. We then decided to get him some better food and build him a bigger cage using a huge plastic bin.

We named him Snowball because he sometimes looks like a little ball and he’s mostly white. Below is a picture of him in his original cage which we replaced with a much bigger one the next day.

Roborovski dwarf hamster sittin in an orange food bowl inside a cage
Snowball the Roborovski hamster in his first cage that was too small.

Below you can see a picture of the new bin cage that my dad was working on the next day. The bin is approximately 792 square inches (~5,110 cm2) so our hamster now has a lot more room to run around.

DIY hamster bin cage
Snowball’s new cage (~792 square inches)
Inside a DIY hamster bin cage without a lid on
Probably still need a couple more chew toys.
DIY hamster bin cage shown from the top with lid on
Roborovski dwarf hamster inside a red food dish eating a pellet
Snowball at around 10:30 pm shortly after waking up.
Roborovski dwarf hamster inside a DIY bin cage
Snowball inside his new bin cage

Some interesting facts about Roborovski hamsters

  • Adult Roborovski hamsters are 2-3 inches long.
  • The average lifespan of a Roborovski hamster is 2-3 years.
  • They are very fast which can make handling them difficult.
  • Roborovski hamsters are omnivores. They eat mostly grains, vegetables, plants, and some insects and fruit.
  • Dwarf hamsters are nocturnal so you won’t be seeing them during the day.
  • Hamsters are incapable of vomiting, so make sure that everything in their cage is non-toxic and provide them with good food.
  • All hamsters including the Robo hamsters are banned in Hawaii and Australia
  • Roborovski hamsters love to burrow, so make sure to add several inches of bedding to your hamster cage.



  • Grandma

    Very interesting and informative information, Olivia.The pictures really added interest and helped me to see what Snowball and his new home looks like.
    I was really happy and excited to hear you had a new pet. I know you and Cedric will love him and take very good care of him. I can hardly wait to meet Snowball. He is very lucky to have become a member of your family. Hopefully you can introduce him to me soon.
    Thank you for sharing this exciting news on your site.

  • Julie

    Snowball looks like he has a mischievous side hiding underneath all that cuteness. He certainly has a lovely hamster haven in which to live! Great job, dad!
    I didn’t know hamsters aren’t able to vomit. Did you know that horses can’t either?
    I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to reading more!

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