MAY 23, 2018 06:29 PM PDT

Here's How Hamsters Hold So Much Inside of Their Cheeks


If you've ever owned a hamster as a pet before, then you may have observed them stuffing pouches inside of their faces with more food than you could ever imagine.

As it turns out, hamsters can hold nearly 20% of their body weight inside of these storage pouches, and they developed this storage technique for their own survival in the wild.

Hamsters eat very frequently; almost once every two hours. That said, it wouldn't make much sense to look for food, go back home, and then go back out looking for more food a little while later. Instead, hamsters make extended foraging trips to limit their presence out in the open, as it reduces their chances of being targeted by predators.

Hamsters' pouches contain dedicated muscles that help facilitate food movement toward the back; this is why you sometimes see the foodstuffs rotating while inside the pouch.

When the pouch is full, the hamster returns to its burrow to expel the pouch's contents for safe-keeping.
About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
NOV 07, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
NOV 07, 2018
Why Are Fruit Flies Attracted to Rotting Fruit Smell?
Fruit flies are the staple pests in the kitchen during summer. As much as these unwelcomed guests enjoy sucking up sugary juice, they are actually more att...
NOV 15, 2018
Cardiology
NOV 15, 2018
An Updated Look At Pacemakers
As pacemakers are now used for a wide range of heart conditions, most of us know someone who has this life-saving medical device. Hundreds of thousands of...
NOV 25, 2018
Health & Medicine
NOV 25, 2018
Why Does E. Coli Make us Sick?
  Escherichia coli, or E. coli refer to a diverse group of of bacteria commonly found in the lower intestine of warm blooded animals. While E. coli ga...
NOV 26, 2018
Videos
NOV 26, 2018
How to get rid of jet lag
Have you ever gone on an amazing trip somewhere only to have it totally ruined by jet lag? Jet lag is what we experience when our internal clocks are throw...
DEC 09, 2018
Cardiology
DEC 09, 2018
Discharge After Angioplasty Safe, Reduces Cost
Of the 600,000 coronary angioplasties performed in the United States each year, about half of them are elective procedures. A person may opt to undergo the...
DEC 14, 2018
Videos
DEC 14, 2018
Anti-Opioid Vaccine is in Testing
Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University are testing a vaccine created by Scripps Research Institute....
Loading Comments...