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Gerbils are naturally found in the sandy plains of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The gerbil was originally known as a desert rat until they were commercially introduced to North America and bred as pets.

The gerbil is a small rodent, similar in many ways to by the mouse and the hamster. Gerbils have a long tail like a mouse which the gerbil is able to shed should the tail get trapped. This self defense mechanism allows the gerbil to escape predators, leaving them with just a tail.

Gerbils have sharp claws which the gerbils use to burrow their way into the sandy grounds of the desert. The gerbils are also able to use these underground burrows to get away from danger by quickly disappearing under the sand.

There are thought to be more than 100 different species of gerbil that are found in the wild with the majority of these gerbil species being diurnal. However, many gerbils that are kept as pets live a more nocturnal lifestyle meaning that pet gerbils tend to be awake during night time hours more than day time hours.

Wild gerbils are well known for building extensive networks of tunnels that the gerbils are able to hide and breed in. The gerbil only really comes to the surface of the ground when the gerbil needs to find food and water.

The long and releasable tail of the gerbil is around the same length as the gerbils body, but it appears to depend on the individual gerbil species. The gerbil uses its long tail to help the gerbil balance when the gerbil is standing on its hind legs.


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Gerbil Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Cnidaria
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Rodentia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Muridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Gerbillinae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Gerbillinae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
7-15cm (2.5-6in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
56.6113g (2-4oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
6km/h (4mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
3-5 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Grey, White, Black, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Seeds
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Dry deserts
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
8
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Seeds, Fruit, Nuts
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Birds, Snakes, Wildcats
Special Features:Small body and long detachable tail

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