The skin of the hamster is of some value, and its flesh is used as food.
On retiring for the winter the hamster closes the various entrances to its burrow, and becomes torpid during the coldest period.
HAMSTER, a European mammal of the order Rodentia, scientifically known as Cricetus frumentarius (or C. cicetus), and belonging to the mouse tribe, Muridae, in which it typifies the sub-family Cricetinae.
Among the rodents the hamster and the field-mouse are a scourge to agriculture.
Children should be cautioned not to place wheels near their hair, fingers or clothing, as they can become tangled in the wheels or pinched between the wheel and the hamster body.