If you’re considering getting a hamster as a pet, it’s important to know where they come from before making your purchase. Many people are surprised to learn that the hamsters we see at pet stores were originally wild animals!
When you think of hamsters, it probably conjures up images of fluffy, adorable, cuddly animals that look like they’re having the time of their lives. While hamsters are cute and fun, they do need some care.
In their natural habitat, hamsters eat seeds, grains, nuts, cracked corn, fruits and vegetables. They also eat insects, frogs and lizards.
In the wild, hamsters are found in sunny and sandy areas. These areas are ideal for digging burrows to stay cool during hot summer days.
Hamsters have scent glands on their backs that they use to navigate. They also leave a trail of smell by rubbing their backs on objects as they walk. This helps them find their way in the wild.
One of the most popular hamster breeds is the Syrian dwarf hamster. This hamster was first discovered in Syria and was domesticated around 1930.
Unlike their more aggressive and larger-bodied wild relatives, Syrian hamsters are docile and affectionate pets that are easy to keep. If you’re considering getting a Syrian hamster, make sure to get a cage that is big enough for them.