Golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)

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Golden hamster on grass
IUCN Red List species status – Vulnerable VULNERABLE

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  • Golden hamsters are common pets, but wild populations are restricted to a small area in the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.
  • The golden hamster lives in burrows which can reach up to 9 metres long, often in arable fields.
  • The golden hamster is solitary, nocturnal and omnivorous.
  • Golden hamsters are considered agricultural pests and are trapped or poisoned by farmers using rodenticides provided by the government.
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Golden hamster description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyCricetidae
GenusMesocricetus (1)

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Golden hamster status

Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Vulnerable

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (February, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Golden hamster on grass  
Golden hamster on grass

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