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Golden Hamster
Hershelz Syrian Hamster
A domesticated Golden Hamster
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Myomorpha
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Cricetinae
Genus: Mesocricetus
Species: M. auratus
Binomial name
Mesocricetus auratus
Waterhouse, 1839
File:Goldenhamsterrange.jpg
Range of M. auratus

Golden Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) are a breed of hamsters first discovered in the Syrian desert. Despite their declining numbers in the wild, they are popularly kept as domesticated pets.

Other names

It is also known as the Syrian Hamster.

Description

Stout and small mammals. Golde Hamsters possess the typical rodent feature of incisors. They have a long coat of brownish-gold coloured downy fur.

Unlike mice, Golden Hamsters possess a characteristic short, stubby tail. They have small claws with fur-less paws.[citation needed]

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References

  1. ^ Yigit, N.; Kryštufek, B. (2008) (2008). "Mesocricetus auratus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 

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