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Hamsters have cheek pouches. The pouches work like balloons. They get bigger as they fill up. Hamsters can fit a lot in their cheeks. Most of the time they use their cheeks to hold food. But sometimes mother hamsters will hide their babies in their cheeks.

All pet golden hamsters come from a single family of hamsters. A man found this family in 1930. He found them in Syria. Syria is a country in the Middle East. It is a warm, dry place. Pet hamsters should be kept in warm, dry rooms.

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Making Connections


Do you know someone who has a pet hamster? What color is it?


Have you read other books about hamsters? What did you learn?


Not all hamster species make good pets. What qualities make an animal a good pet?

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