Wow, Kory, thanks a lot for that explanation. Now I understand better how
he "works". I believe everybody suggested one of those exercise balls.
We have a local store here called Petcetera, I don't know if it's in the
States also and I've seen them there. I didn't know at that time if they
were appropriate for him. They're not cheap !
I guess somebody will have to stay up and "shove" him in it :)
For the person who asked I believe he is a Syrian.
My wife will go by the library tonight to get a book on them so we can
learn a bit more about them.
> To explain more on the sight of hamsters:
> They see better without the lights because their eyes consist of
> mostly/all rods, which with intense light become over-saturated.
> After the lights go out, it takes a short time and then they will be
> able to pick up small bits of light here and there. Rods are best for
> detecting movement and small amounts of light, so during the day the
> hamster can hardly see because its rods are getting too much light,
> hence they see better in the dark than they do in light. Does that
> make sense?
> Humans see better in the daytime because of our cones, with which we
> only see one point best, the rest are mainly rods and if you do not
> wear glasses, etc. then you will notice that you can only see one
> point best (also look at an anatomy book). Our peripheral vision
> consists of rods and it is best at detecting movement, which our eyes
> go to and then we are able to find out what is going on. So, the
> hamster mainly only has rods, no cones. So now you know about how bad
> their vision is, but it is a lot better during night. Our vision at
> night with low light is only by our rods, not by our cones. That is
> why you can not tell color in darkness.
> This is also the reason why the Army, etc. uses red lights to read
> maps at night because it will not over-saturate our rods, so we will
> still have our night-vision. Rods cannot detect red light as well.
>>If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow"
>>when we found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is,
>>he never comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw
>>him twice come out on his own, once to drink water and get food and
>>another to go to the washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is
>>quite happy to spend the rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep
>>so much ???? Is this normal ?
>>When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time,
>>when we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he
>>will be let out on the floor but not yet.
>>If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
>>don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the
>>dark ? he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?
>>Again, thanks for your input.