Hamsters are small rodents that have four sharp incisors. They are related to mice.
With their small beady eyes and the constantly sniffing nose the crepuscular and nocturnal animals look cute.
The European hamster is the only species of the genus hamster indigenous here. Now it is almost extinct and therefore strictly protected.
Closely related is the Syrian or golden hamster from which the popular pet originates.
“Golden hamsters and dwarf hamsters are kept as pets. The European hamster mustn‘t be kept as a pet, because the European hamster is a protected species and a wild animal. Wild animals mustn‘t be kept as pets, which means that you mustn‘t take any out of the wild.“