No, they are not like hamters really. They are exotic pets and do need special care. I recomend this forum-www.chins-n-quills.com
. It's great for finding out what they need, how to care for them, and just about anything else you can think of. I'm firefly
on there. If you decide to join send me a PM. If you have a specific question I can answer it, but if you have lots, or are considering getting one, check out that forum. It's a great place.
p.s. I have other pics of her escaping in the other pet pics section.