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Hamster

  • The name hamster comes from the German word "hamstern" which means "to hoard."
  • Hamsters were first discovered in Syria in the early 1800s. The first hamster discovered was called the "golden hamster."
  • Hamsters have a vast natural range from the Middle East to the Steppes in Russia.
  • Syrian hamsters have four toes on their front feet and five toes on their back feet.
  • Hamsters have pouches inside their cheeks allowing them to put large amounts of food in them.
  • Female hamsters are referred to as "sows" or "does," while male hamsters are referred to as "boars" or "bucks." Baby hamsters are referred to as "pups."
  • Hamsters have poor eyesight, relying mostly on their sense of smell. They rub their scent glands on objects, creating trails they can follow.
  • Hamsters can squeeze their bodies through any opening as big as their head.
  • Hamsters have a keen sense of hearing.
  • One hamster year is equal to 25 human years!
  • Hamsters are nocturnal, meaning they are most active from dusk to dawn.
  • The most popular types of hamsters are Syrians, Russian Dwarfs, Chinese Dwarfs, Roborovski (referred to as Robos) and Djungarian (referred to as DJs), all of which you can purchase at Petco.
  • Hamsters need to continuously chew on toys and wood chews as their incisor teeth constantly grow throughout their life.