|We carry limited quantities of Hungarian
hamster skins. These skins are collected in the wild by
gypsies in Hungary. They are used as lining in garments, for
making flies by fly fishing hobbyists, making pillows, etc.
The hamsters that we sell are not the same as the
small golden hamsters that are sold as pets in North America.
Interestingly, all of the golden hamsters living in captivity
originate from a single female with 12 young which were dug from one
burrow in Syria in 1930.
The primary season for collecting hamsters is from October 1st until November 1st.
We only buy these once a year, so please call or write to confirm
availability or to order large quantities. The skins are approximately 3.75" to 5"
||Out of Stock indefinitely
Genus and species: Cricetus cricetus. Wild.
Hamsters are not listed as an endangered species
in the CITES website. According to a journalist in London,
however, wild hamsters have been designated an endangered species
under European Union law since 1990 but Hungary and Poland are among
a number of east European countries that won an exemption from the
ban on hunting. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Hungarian hamsters are
not covered under EU law.” Wikipedia indicates that some
hamster populations are under pressure due to changes in the crops
being grown and from increased use of pesticides.
Product of Hungary