Hamsters Cricetinae

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Sciurognathi Family Muridae Subfamily Cricetinae

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Hamsters are mouse-like Old World rodents with chunky bodies; short, furry tails; and large cheek pouches, used to transport food; they have dexterous forepaws with four digits plus a "thumb knob"; hind feet have five digits; individual hamsters live alone in underground burrows, are active at night, and hibernate in winter

Size

Number of genera, species

7 genera; 18 species

Habitat

Deserts, dry plains, steppes, and cultivated fields

Conservation status

Endangered: 2 species; Vulnerable: 1 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 4 species

Distribution

Throughout the Palearctic zone of Europe and Asia

Distribution

Throughout the Palearctic zone of Europe and Asia

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