Gerbils

Description   |   Housing   |    Feeding  

Description

Gerbils are diurnal, active and friendly. They are approximately 4 inches in body length with a 4 inch furry tail. They make excellent pets that can be tamed easily. Gerbils are social and need to live in pairs. I have read that females kept can be kept in pairs, males should be kept in groups of two or more or single breeding pairs. Never try to introduce a new gerbil to an established pair or group. Females seperated more than 24 hours should be considered strangers as they are unlikely to remember each other.
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Housing

Gerbils can be kept in an aquarium. I recommend using Aspen bedding because it clumps together making it easy for the gerbil to burrow in it. Use about 3" to 4" of bedding and put a 3" pipe (pvc or clay) in it so they can burrow. I also recommend a nesting box, a wodent wheel and other toys to keep your gerbil physically healthy.
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I use a rodent mix I mix myself. I have found that to keep your gerbil healthy it is best to use a variety of foods. If you must buy your feed from a pet store or feed store, choose one that is especially made for gerbils. I recommend "Geri Gerbil." You may also give your gerbil a little extra bits of fruits and vegetables each day. You can even give them a little table scraps. Sunflower seeds and peanuts make a great occasional treats.
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