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The gerbil is a small granivorous (seed-eating) mammal and belongs to the order of the rodents. He is very social and lives in nature as a family. They should also not be kept alone as pets. The gerbil is active day and night and has a life expectancy of 3 to 4 years. It has a body length of 10 to 12 cm and a weight of about 70 to 130 g.
The Mongolian gerbil lives in steppes, semi-deserts and deserts in southeastern Mongolia as well as in neighboring Russia and in China. He likes to stay in fields and pastures. There he digs underground tunnels and builds nests and storage rooms. Gerbils have their own nutritional needs.
Gerbils are curious and very fast animals. They are active at night and during twilight. This makes them especially suitable for people who work during the day. Gerbils are not really stuffed animals, they are very nice to look at. Originally the gerbil comes from North Africa and Asia. There they live in warm, dry areas. During the day they seek shelter from the heat in their burrows. Gerbils can live about 3 to 5 years with proper care.
Different Gerbil species
Mongolian gerbil: The Mongolian gerbil is the best-known and popular gerbil species. The Mongolian gerbil lives in family groups in nature and should therefore always be kept together with at least one congener. The Mongolian gerbil has a long, hairy tail with a tuft at the end.
Persian gerbil: The Persian gerbil is larger than the Mongolian gerbil they can also live a little older, 6 to 8 years. The tail is long, hairy and has a dark tassel at the tip. Persian gerbils are group animals and should always be kept together with at least one conspecific.
Fat-tailed gerbil: The fat-tailed gerbil has slightly shorter legs than the other gerbil species. As the name suggests, the fat-tailed gerbil has a thick tail. The tail is about 4 to 6 cm long. This is a lot shorter than with the other gerbil species. The fat-tailed gerbil is very territorial and is best kept alone.
Handling the Gerbil
Try to leave the gerbils alone as much as possible when they are sleeping during the day. A gerbil can be picked up by calmly scooping it up from below. An approach from above can appear threatening to the animal. Gerbils generally don't like to be petted. However, they are not likely to bite.