Animal Age

How old does a European hamster get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a European hamster reaches?

An adult European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) usually gets as old as 4 years.

European hamsters are around 19 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 20.6 cm (0′ 9″). As a member of the Muridae family (genus: Cricetus), a European hamster caries out around 7 little ones per pregnancy, which happens around 2 times a year. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 2.01 meter (6′ 8″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A European hamster gets as old as 4 years

The European hamster (Cricetus cricetus), also known as the Eurasian hamster, black-bellied hamster or common hamster, is the only species of the genus Cricetus. It is native to a large range in Eurasia, extending from Belgium to the Altai mountains and Yenisey River in Russia. Where abundant the animal is widely considered a farmland pest, and it has also been trapped for its fur. Across its global range, it is considered of least concern, but in many individual Western European countries it is considered critically endangered. Cricetus is also a monotypic genus.

Animals of the same family as a European hamster

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Muridae):

Animals that reach the same age as European hamster

With an average age of 4 years, European hamster are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies European hamster

The same number of babies at once (7) are born by:

Weighting as much as European hamster

A fully grown European hamster reaches around 429 grams (0.95 lbs). So do these animals: