The Golden Hamster or Syrian Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) – rodent belonging to the hamster subfamily, Cricetinae. Their natural geographical range is limited to a small arid region of northern Syria and southern Turkey.
The size of adult animals is around 6 in (15 cm) long, with a lifespan of 2 – 3 years. Body mass is usually in the range of 100–150 grams (3.5 – 5.3 oz), but Syrian hamsters from private breeders can be in the range of 175 – 225 grams (6.2 – 7.9 oz).
Like most members of the subfamily, the Golden Hamster has expandable cheek pouches, which extend from its chee