The Syrian hamster is commonly known as the golden hamster because its original and most widespread color is golden brown with a white belly, but there are now several different color and coat variations of this hamster. Others include the Long Haired Syrian hamster, also known as the Teddy Bear hamster, the Hairless Syrian hamster, also known as the Alien hamster, and the Black Syrian hamster, also known as the Black Bear hamster.
They have hairless feet and a very short tail, while like all hamsters they also have expandable cheek pouches to carry food and bedding.
Adult Syrian hamsters range from 5 to 7 inches in length and as such are the largest type of pet hamster, but they are still easy for small children to handle.
Expected Life Span
A Syrian hamster can be expected to live for between 2 and 3 years, although they can sometimes live for 4 years.