A common and beloved household pet, hamsters are members of the Rodentia order that can be found in the wild on many different continents. There are about 25 different species worldwide, but the Syrian (or golden) hamster is by far the most common in captivity.
Biologists believe that hamsters were originally from desert areas in eastern Asia. In 1797, a physician found them in Aleppo, Syria, and described them in a book titled The Natural History of Aleppo. Later in the early 20th century, zoologist Israel Aharoni found a family of hamsters in a Syrian wheat field and brought them back to his laboratory in Jerusalem. Some of them bred successfully, and the offspring were shipped off to other labs and zoos around the world.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size: 4.29" L x 1.76" W ( 11 cm x 4.5 cm )