Where do pet hamsters come from originally?
The completely insane answers prior to this were all false and
were either put here as a joke or out of ignorance.
Hamsters: Notice the scientific names, not all "Hamsters" are
even the same species of animal. There are three distinct species
of animal referred to as Hamsters: Cricetulus, Phodopus, and
Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster
Scientific Name: Phodopus campbelli
Were discovered by W C Campbell in 1902 in Tuva, Asia. They are
native to the steppes and semi-arid areas of central Asia, the
Altay Mountains and northeastern China.
They were not as some sites claim, bred by Mr. Campbell from
Russian and Syrian Hamsters nor any other "special
Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamster
Scientific Name: Phodopus sungorus
Similar to Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamsters. They can be found
in Siberia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia and they are also known as
Scientific Name: Mesocricetus auratus
Originate from Syria.
Scientific Name: Phodopus roborovskii
Originate around the Gobi Desert, throughout the desert steppe
of Mongolia and in parts of Northern China. (Not widely available
as they do not make good pets for children, they do not like to be
held, they are very territorial and extremely fast.)
Scientific Name: Cricetulus griseus
Originate from the deserts of northern China and Mongolia.