Kinds Of Gerbils:
Gerbils are small furry animals with long tails. They come from Africa and Asia. They are kept as pets all over the world. There are 8 species of gerbils: small gerbil, larger gerbil, naked-soled gerbils, cape short-tail gerbil, fat tailed gerbil, jirds (Mongolian gerbil), Przewalski's gerbil, and the great gerbil.
Wild gerbils like to eat seeds, flowers, roots, leaves, and insects. You should feed your pet gerbil every 1 to 2 weeks. When you feed your gerbil you should check the water. Pet gerbils like to eat lettuce, carrots, banana peels and food from pet stores. If you feed your gerbil banana peels don't give them too much at once. Gerbils love to gnaw. They are probably the most well know gnawer next to the beaver.
Gerbils make homes under the ground called burrows. Just like almost any other rodent there are rooms for sleeping and eating. The entrance to the burrow is round and is made a certain way so wind can't get in. Sometimes gerbils will build their burrows right next to each other and form a colony. Since gerbils are most active during the night they mostly stay in their burrow eating and sleeping.
- The flat tailed gerbil lives in the Sahara desert and lives around plants. The flat tailed gerbil has a very short tail. The tail gets fatter around the tip and it's darker on the top than the bottom.
- Naked-sole gerbils are very small and live in Africa. On the bottom of their feet they have no hair and that is why they are called naked-sole gerbils.
Pet Gerbil Information:
Gerbils make great pets and they are easy to take care of. Pet gerbils love lots of tubes, sawdust and bedding.The best floor for your gerbil is sawdust. When gerbils have lots of sawdust and bedding they make little burrows and you can see how wild gerbils live. Some names of things you can get for your pet gerbil are: play city, sport wheel, run 'rounds, tee turn, tunnel, town house, and get away. Once in a while you should put stuff in your gerbil's cage like: cracker boxes, little milk cartons, half unrolled toilet paper rolls, ladders, lookout towers, and paper towel rolls.
These are some examples of things you can give to your gerbil.
You should cut a few holes in these things so your gerbil has more places to go through.
The red area shows where gerbils live.