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Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)

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Get to know the Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)

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    Gerbils are very active and social animals. Their gregarious nature and the fact that they are diurnal (active during the day) make them a terrific companion for children.  They enjoy burrowing, digging tunnels, and hiding their food. Gerbils are best kept in same-sex pairs and should be introduced while young. Like many other small animals, their teeth grow continually throughout their life, so it is important to provide chew sticks to keep their teeth from becoming over-grown. Gerbils have a scent gland on their stomach and can often be seen rubbing their tummies on things to mark their territory. Gerbils are very clean animals and enjoy a good dust bath once a week. Gerbils have a lot of energy to expend, so an exercise wheel or exercise ball will provide hours of fun and entertainment for both you and your gerbil!

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    • Description

      Please note that the product information displayed is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and other third parties and is not independently verified by Petco.

      Gerbils are social animals with bold and curious personalities. Gerbils love to burrow and play in tubes and boxes.

      • - Social animals that enjoy the company of their pet parent
      • - Thump their back feet to signal fear
      • - Habitat should be glass or metal and escape proof with solid bottom; there should be plenty of room for the gerbil to exercise and play. It is best to provide the largest habitat possible
      • - Chew on objects to maintain incisor teeth, which grow continuously; ensure they have plenty of chew sticks or mineral chews available. Gerbils are voracious chewers and should be kept in glass enclosures as they will chew through plastic cages
      • - Their habitat furniture should be wood or ceramic as all furniture will be chewed thoroughly
      • - Gerbils may be kept in same-sex pairs if they are raised together; otherwise, keep adult gerbils housed separately. Different types of small animals should not be housed together

      Specifications

      • SKU

        143936

      • Primary Brand

        Petco

      • Days to Ship

        Item is not shippable

    • Live Animal

      • Pet Max Length

        5 IN

      • Special Diet

        Herbivore

    • A well-balanced gerbil diet consists of high-quality gerbil food and limited amounts of vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits not eaten within 24 hours should be discarded. A limited amount of vegetables and fruits can be given daily but should not exceed 10% of their total diet.

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