March 3, 2009 1:18am CST
Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily vrivetinae. The subfamily vontains about 18 species, classified in six or seven genera.The name hamster is derived from the german word Hamstern, itself from earlier OHG hamustro, fromORuss Chomestoru, which is either a blend of the root of RUSS khomiak "hmaster" and a Baltic word or of Iranian origin
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