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Gerbil  Breed
Gerbil Stats
Scientific Name:  Meriones unguiculatus
Size:  Between 6 to 12 inches long (including the tail)
Origin:  Mongolia, China and Siberia
Life Expectancy:  About 3 years
Temperament:  The Mongolian gerbil is a social animal that is curious, energetic and fastidious about grooming. Although its Latin name translates to mean "clawed warrior," the Mongolian gerbil is actually sweet-natured and enjoys the company of its humans and other gerbils.
Varieties:  Standard color is agouti. Other colors include: apricot polar fox, Argente, black, black-eyed white, Burmese, chinchilla, cinnamon, dark-eyed honey, dove, Himalayan, honey cream, lilac, nutmeg, polar fox, red fox, ruby-eyed white, Schimmel, Siamese, silver nutmeg, slate, yellow fox.

Gerbil Species Profile

The Mongolian gerbil is the most popular pet gerbil species. Gerbils enjoy digging, gnawing and taking occasional dust baths. Their long tail is tufted at the end and fully furred along its length. They are most active at dawn and dusk. Keeping gerbils in same-sex pairs is the ideal for pet ownership.

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