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Ciscaucasian Hamster

Mesocricetus raddei
The Ciscaucasian Hamster is also known as the Georgian Hamster, as it is only found in the country of Georgia, and in parts of Russia.

These Hamsters are not your average pet Hamsters! They can grow to nearly 1ft in length! The individuals that live at higher elevations tend to be larger than those who live down on the plains. Regardless of altitude, these rodents live in burrows that they construct underground.

These burrows can be amazingly extensive, and they are where the Hamsters flee to safety, where they hibernate each winter, and where they store food for use in the springtime when they come out of hibernation.

Ciscaucasian Hamsters can have massive litters that number up to 20 offspring at a time! Once again, there is a difference between the mountain and the plains populations, as the mountain Hamsters will produce only one or two litters each year, while the plains can have three or more!

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Georgia, Russia
Size : Body length up to 11in (28cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Rodentia
Family : Cricetidae -- Genus : Mesocricetus -- Species : M. raddei
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