My kids want to know if you can buy hamsters in Australia???

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Posted by fairydragonkd - Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:01 AM
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Ok, so I made a whoops and posted the same question in the "wanted section" instead of here
(it made sense to me...the kids WANTED to know)...lol!!!

I've received some emails telling me that this is the spot to ask, so here I am...

My kids would like to know if it is possible to buy pet hamsters in Australia???

Some people have told me yes we can and others have told me that its illegal to
own them in Australia....so now I'm confused???

If you can help us find out we would love to hear from you.

Fairydragon

Ps, We have had guinea pigs for years...hamsters are smaller and have little tails
and gerbils have long tails with bushy ends(they aren't the same)!!!

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    #1 by kidskids Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:05 AM
    I just checked google and apparently you cant

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070830090532AA6MDOg
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    #2 by jewellery-is-me Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:09 AM
    Hamsters are in the USA...they are cute and adorable...i think are way cuter than guinea pigs... I dont think you can get them here.I had friends in the USA when i was living there who had them as pets.They use to roll around the house in their little exercise balls..was really funny to watch.
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    #3 by FunkySquadVintage Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:12 AM
    I always thought that a hamster was just another mouse.....just looked them up on google images and they're SO cute!!!  I want one now!
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    #4 by scottygirl Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:22 AM
    Never seen hamsters here, used to get them in the UK along with gerbils.
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    #5 by dutchmiranda Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:31 AM
    I always thought hamster was the Dutch word for Guinea pig. I know we have them in holland but I do not know if you can get them here. I have had Gerbils and they are cute too but they make a lot of mess and need something (like cardboard) to chew on otherwise they get very bored.

    If they are looking for a smallish pet, rats are great (they really are)
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    #6 by aladdiescave Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:34 AM
    Hi, I have looked into owning a hamster as I grew up with them & would  love to have them again, but they are not found in Australia .
    As they are classed as a rodent they are not allowed.
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    #7 by tamw82 Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:35 AM
    Hi there Ive always wanted one as well, unfortunately  you cant buy them here and you cant even bring them here from overseas its illegal

    Ive tried every which way!!
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    #8 by ripperspares Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:35 AM

    Biosecurity Australia has not developed import conditions for this animal and as such AQIS cannot facilitate your import.
    http://www.aqis.gov.au

    Looks like you wont be seeing them here in the near future.

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    #9 by legsinau Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:45 AM

     they are both illegal to import in australia. Perhaps you didn't get my message.

    http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/other

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    #10 by fairydragonkd Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:53 AM
    Thanks for your answers everyone...

    It looks like we wont be getting a hamster anytime soon...sob
    They are soooooooooooo cute!!!

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    #11 by BURRENDONG_GARDENS Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:55 AM
    Hamsters, gerbils and lemmings are prohibited in NZ and Aust as pets. Several attempts have been made here in Aus to have the laws changed without any success.
    The law was changed in NZ in 1978 to allow a small breeding colony to be established at the National Health and Medical Research Institute at Wellington.
    A pair of hamsters was smuggled into Aus in 1983 from Europe. The male died within 2 days while the female lived in isolation for some 16 months.
    Kingsley.
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    #12 by fairydragonkd Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 4:58 AM


    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww poor things....
    thats so sad
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    #13 by terri4304 Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:05 AM
    well whats the difference between a hamster and a ferret???
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    #14 by ripperspares Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:09 AM

    Herbivore, Carnivore. Otherwise not much different.

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    #15 by jewellery-is-me Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:15 AM
    Terri you are kidding right... hamsters and ferrets... the difference is like between a cat and dog.A girl I worked with in the USA use to breed ferrets..adorable things they are but she reckons they smell like our musk lifesavers...
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    #16 by jimlsr Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:16 AM
    my kids had hamsters when they were growing up in the states they are so cute
    but a no no here
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    #17 by jewellery-is-me Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:19 AM
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    #18 by terri4304 Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:26 AM
    Actually no, i am a qlder and never seen either, bbs, going to check out the links

    i was actually going to reply, that there is a lady on here whos moving to the gold coast soon (cant remember who it was) who said they bred ummmm ferrets (was going to say hamsters)
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    #19 by jewellery-is-me Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:27 AM
    Im a Qlder as well..but was lucky enough to work in the USA for 18mths..i wish we could get squirrels, chipmunks  and hamsters here. They are so dang cute.
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    #20 by terri4304 Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 5:33 AM
    Ohh hamsters  look like a cross between a guinea pig and a rat!!

    Ferrets  look mischevoius lol

    I have a big big huge rat you can have fairy if your in cq - hes friendly lol
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