Hamster Fact: Syrian hamsters have scent glands on their hips in which to mark their territory with. Russian hamsters have their scent glands on their abdomen. The scent glands in Syrians appears as a black scaly patch on the hamsters hips. Its more visible in the male than in the female. It's funny to see the hams rubbing themselves all over the place declaring that everything is theirs. "This is mine, this is mine, this is mine, This is Mine!!! "