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A gerbil's lifespan is 2 - 4 years (some even longer).
Gerbils build societies much like prairie dogs, they will be unhappy being a single pet.
Their droppings are dry and they urinate very little so thorough cage cleaning only needs to be done about once a month. A weekly spot clean will take care of any
spoiled food hidden away in the cage.
They are extremely quick and they will jump from very high places because they don't have any concept of height.
You must be careful when choosing the spot to keep your gerbil cage. Gerbils don't do well with cold temperatures.
They require plenty of exercise so they will need things in their cages to keep them
happy. An exercise wheel is very good for them but they will run on it most of the night so you won't want their
cages in your bedroom.
Young children must be supervised around them at all times.
Gerbils are burrowers, so their cage will have to be deep enough for a couple of inches of bedding material (an aquarium works well).
The most common type of gerbil is the mongolian.
If you are still interested in getting a gerbil, please visit your local library and read up on this wonderful species. Both of you will be much happier because you did.
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Basic Needs for Gerbil's
Veterinary care if sick or injured
Large fish aquarium
Lid for aquarium
Exercise wheel for the cage
Paper towel or Toilet paper rolls
Apple tree branches to climb and chew on
Flower pot base with bird sand in it for sand bathing
Quality gerbil food