Syrians are the larger of the hamsters, are nocturnal and live in solitude.
Females tend to be a bit more alert than males, and often wake up during the
day to see what is going on. Males prefer to laze around or
occasionally they pop out of their nest to use the loo or find something to
eat. It is possible to train them to come out earlier in the day,
which is especially helpful if the hamster belongs to a child as otherwise
by the time it would normally rally round, the child will be going to bed
and will miss them.
It is the male who will have
the very long fur and a 'skirt'. This will need brushing regularly to
prevent wood chippings getting caught in it and it becoming matted.
Use either a small pet brush, or you could try using an old toothbrush.