The ratlike hamsters
are a group of hamsters
that inhabit arid
or semi-arid regions in Eurasia
. The group consists of several species in the genus Cricetulus
. They tend to be more ratlike
in appearance than typical hamsters, hence the common name. With the exception of the Chinese hamster
, they are aggressive as hamsters go and are generally considered poor pets.
Members of the genera Allocricetulus, Tscherskia, and Cansumys are often called ratlike hamsters and are considered to be members of the genus Cricetulus by many authorities.
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