Gerbil Information

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Gerbils are small, social rodents that are commonly kept as pets. They are native to arid regions of Africa and Asia and have adapted to living in hot, dry environments by developing the ability to conserve water and burrow underground. Gerbils are known for their friendly and curious personalities and can make great companions for people of all ages. They are active and playful creatures that love to run, jump, and play, and require plenty of stimulation and exercise to stay healthy and happy.

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Why Gerbils Might Bite & How To Prevent It Or Stop It

Yes, gerbils can bite. Their bites range from small nips to full on skin-breaking chomps. If your gerbil bites you, your inital response might be to yell or jump back. However, it’s best to react as calmly as possible. Gerbils bite due to stress, poor handling, illness, and loud noises, among other reasons.

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Do Gerbils Need Sand Baths? How To & How Often?

Sand baths are essential to your gerbil’s health. Your gerbil needs to roll in a chinchilla sand bath at least once a week. Pour one inch of sand into a bowl and put it in your gerbil’s cage. Allow it to roll in the sand for 10 to 20 minutes before you remove it.

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Hamster vs Gerbil (Differences & Similarities)

Most hamsters (except the dwarves) are bigger than gerbils. They have more compact features and are nocturnal, solitary animals. Gerbils are more placid than hamsters. They like to live in pairs and groups. They live for 3 to 4 years in captivity and have more mouse-like features.

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How To Set Up A Gerbil Cage (Gerbil Habitat Setup Guide)

Your gerbil needs a 20-gallon wire cage with at least a 6-inch base. Fill the base with hay, aspen shavings, and shredded paper. Put a water bottle, food bowl, chew toys, dust bath, and exercise tools in the cage. Keep the cage at 68 to 75°F.

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How To Take Care Of A Gerbil (Easy Step-By-Step Guide)

To take care of a gerbil put it in a 20-gallon, wire cage with at least 6 inches of aspen shavings, Timothy hay, and shredded paper substrate. Feed and give your gerbil water every day. Provide it with exercise tubes and chew toys.

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Are Gerbils Nocturnal Or Diurnal? [Gerbil Sleep Guide]

Mongolian gerbils are more nocturnal than they are diurnal because they spend slightly longer sleeping during the day than they do at night. They also display crepuscular-like behavior because they are most active around dusk and dawn.

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Gerbil Lifespan: How Long Do Gerbils Live As Pets?

The average gerbil lifespan is between 3 and 4 years. Mongolian gerbils live for 3 years and fat-tailed gerbils live for 5 to 7 years. Gerbils in the wild tend to have a shorter lifespan because they have to dodge predators.