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Old 03-29-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default Syrian Scent Glands

I thought it would be useful to post some pics of the scent glands on a mature adult Syrian hamster.
Younger hamsters have less noticable scent glands and females too are less prominant. Pigmentation increases on the scent glands, ears and around the genitals as a hamster matures and especially in black eyed hamsters. The scent glands can appears 'wet' or greasy and mark the fur making it flat depending on how much scent is secreted.
Hamsters can sometimes be seen rubbing their hips on the cage sides, toys etc to spread their scent and they often do this just after cleaning out the cage to re-mark their territory.
They can be mistaken for moles, scabs and cancers but these are quite normal.
Dwarf hamsters have a scent gland on their tummy about the 'tummy button' position.
Paws, Black eyed cream satin demonstrates his scent glands (the fur has been blown apart to see them more clearly)
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Increase in pigmentation around the genitals
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Hope this helps allay some worries over these.

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Old 03-29-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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this is really useful Thanks for posting souffle!
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks souffle! Jenga was rubbing herself against a new toy and I thought she was getting a hard-to-reach itch! I am amazed at how still your hamster sat to let you take those photos.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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Our hamsters are bred for temperament and most are very very calm and placid, especially the older one Paw's sons are just the same.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:30 AM   #6
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Thanks Souffle for posting this. I knew about the scent glands on the hips but I was not aware that ears and the genital area also become darker with age.

Paws is gorgeous bt the way!
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:14 AM   #7
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thats really helpful. i was actually wondering yesterday night if my hammie had a "dirty" bum...now i know that is not the case
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:14 AM   #8
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....and paws is really adorable
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:31 AM   #9
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Thanks for posting that, Souffle Although I knew they had them, I've never actually seen Syrian scent glands before.
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:47 AM   #10
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I woundered why my females always rub themselves against their cage! thats for letting me know why.

Also my males scent glads on his hips look really greasy and now i know thats normal, i did not think they were meant to be that prominant.
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