Are Hamsters Rodents?

Yes. Hamsters belong to the rodent family, as do other popular pets like rats and guinea pigs. Rodents are a group of mammals that are typically earth-bound or subterranean, and so they are often found in burrows or within thick areas of vegetation. Some species of rodent have proved popular pets, like this cute Syrian hamster (below).

hamsters are rodents
These animals often enjoy burrowing

Although all hamsters are rodents, not all hamsters are the same species. There are just a few species of hamsters that are kept as pets, and they all come from different areas of the world. Syrian hamsters are a species (unsurprisingly) first formally recorded as living in the Syrian desert. Chinese hamsters are a smaller species of rodent from regions around China, whilst Dwarf hamsters are three separate species from areas in and around Russia and Siberia. We’ve created a ‘Hamster History’ page to offer you some more information on the origins of the different species of pets that are available.

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