Syrian Hamster


Syrian Hamster

Scientific Name

Mesocricetus auratus


Hamsters are nocturnal, so are most active at night. They have poor eyesight but use their whiskers, sense of smell, and touch to navigate the world around them. There are about 20 species of hamster and the Syrian hamster is the most popular pet breed. They can be a golden colour and are often known as ‘Golden’ hamsters. Syrian hamsters usually live on their own in the wild, in comparison to other breeds that would naturally live in groups.


Hamsters eat seeds, cereals, and insects. They can also eat small quantities of vegetables and fruit.

Fun Fact

A hamster's teeth never stop growing. They wear down their teeth whilst gnawing.

IUCN Red list

The golden hamster is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Where do I live?

The Syrian hamster is originally from Syria. In the wild, hamsters are often found throughout Europe and Asia.


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