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What Do You Call That Hamster?

Hamsters are called by so many names it can get confusing. Check out this handy hamster name guide.

By Gerry Bucsis and Barbara Somerville
Posted: March 26, 2012, 4:55 p.m. EDT

see Hamsters table of contentsOver the years, hamsters have amassed quite a collection of names. Here’s a list of those common hamster names:

Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)
• Golden hamster
• Fancy hamster
• Standard hamster
• Teddy Bear hamster (longhaired Syrian)
• Black Bear hamster (a black-coated Syrian)
• Panda Bear hamster (a black-and-white Syrian)

Dwarf Campbell’s Russian Hamster (Phodopus campbelli)
• Siberian hamster
• Dzungarian hamster
• Hairy-footed Dwarf hamster
• Campbell’s hamster

Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster (Phodopus sungorus)
• Siberian hamster
• Dzungarian hamster
• Winter White hamster
(Note the sharing of common names between the Campbell’s hamster and Winter White hamster.)

Dwarf Roborovski  Hamster (Phodopus roborovskii)
• Desert hamster

Chinese Hamster (Cricetulus griseus)

• Chinese rat-tailed hamster
• Striped hamster
• Gray hamster

Excerpt from the Popular Critters Series magabook Hamsters with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Hamsters here.

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