Gerbils are extremely intelligent and make a great companions. They can be fantastic entertainment for all the family to enjoy. They are wonderful additions to any family. Very easy to care for and fun to watch and play with.
Size: They are typically between 6 and 12 inches (150 and 300 mm) long, including the tail, which makes up about 1/2 of their total length. One species, the great gerbil, Rhombomys opimus, originally native to Turkmenistan, can grow to more than 16 inches (410 mm). The average adult gerbil weighs about 2.5 ounces (71 g).
Temperament & Personality: Gerbils are naturally friendly, curious, very sociable, athletic, active, bold and entertaining to watch.As you get to know your pets you’ll understand their individual personalities, and they’ll likely be more interested in spending time with you. They can take a lot of handling and like to gnaw cardboard and dig tunnels. It is best to get your gerbil from a breeder who has handled it from birth.
Activity Requirements: They need appropriate chewing toys to allow the gerbils to indulge this natural activity. You can put them in an activity ball for exercise or place them in a “play box” or just play with and cuddle them.
Breed Traits: They don't keep still for very long as they are always digging, climbing, sniffing, running, chewing and investigating everything around them with a fearless nature. They are easy to take care for compared to many other pets.
Diet: A good premixed gerbil food is recommended. Sunflower seeds tend to be very high in fat, and, should be given sparingly. A good idea is to pick out the sunflower seeds and hand feed them to your gerbils over the course of the day. This has a double benefit. First, no one gerbil hoards them and gets too fat. Second, it is an excellent way to hand tame and bond with your gerbils. Food can be placed directly on the bedding in the center of the tank, without a food cup, allowing the gerbils to forage. Give them half an apple occasionally to gnaw on for a few hours then remove it.
Grooming Requirements and Housing: Gerbils require bedding to absorb their urine, as well as for digging fun. The best choices are aspen, Carefresh, and corncob beddings. Do not use Cedar or Pine Bedding. Plain white unscented tissue provides a safe and inexpensive nesting material. Shred it into narrow strips and leave the rest to them as they use their creative genius to impress you with their engineering skills. A simple nesting box will provide your gerbils a nice place to sleep, hide, and find some privacy. A 10 gallon aquarium with a small animal top is the most popular housing for a pair of gerbils. It is inexpensive, easy to clean, roomy, and allows for great creativity.
Colors: They start out orange, and when they molt into their adult coat, some darker hair appears. Give a dark-eyed honey gerbil red eyes, red-eyed honey. Many color varieties that include: red fox, lilac, sapphire, dove, slate, black, dark eyed honey, red eyed white, and pink eyed white.
History: The gerbil most commonly kept as a pet is a species known as the Mongolian Gerbil, it's scientific name is Meriones unguiculatus. Roughly translated, this means Clawed Warrior. ... In 1867 he sent specimens of the Mongolian Gerbil to Europe and this may be when the first gerbils were kept as pets in Europe.
Origin: Africa, Asia and the Middle East
Life span: 3-4 years
Temperament: friendly, curious, very sociable, athletic, active, bold and entertaining
Weight: 2 - 4 ounces
Height: 6 - 12 in
Colors: Red fox, lilac, sapphire, dove, slate, black, dark eyed honey, red eyed white, and pink eyed white.
More than 110 species of gerbils are living in African, Indian and Asian deserts.
Important: Only two species are kept as pets, and even then, some states have outlawed their ownership.
In California, it is illegal to purchase, import or keep a gerbil as a pet.
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