|A domesticated Golden Hamster|
| Mesocricetus auratus|
|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.
It is also known as the Syrian Hamster.
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.
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