Turkish Hamster

Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Mesocricetus
Gestation: 14-15 days

Also known as Brandt's hamster, or Azerbajaini hamster.

The Turkish Hamster (mesocricetus brandti) comes from Turkey, Lebanon, Northern Transcucasia, and Israel. They can hibernate for up to 10 months, but usually only 4-6 months, waking only 1 or 2 days of their hibernation. They are said to be closely related to the Golden hamster, but more aggressive. Their average lifespan is 2 years.

Turkish hamsters have been used as laboratory animals, but are not widely available as pets.

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