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 Mongolian Gerbil - Meriones unguioulatus


Average Growth: 5 inches in body length
Average Lifespan: 3 - 5 years
Type: Terrestrial, burrowing
Origin: Mongolia
Humidity and Temperature: Moderate humidity, 25 - 30C
Behaviour: Typically docile and friendly. Tolerant of handling and rarely bites. Communal and should live at least in a single sex pair. Active, especially at night. Enjoys digging and chewing. Generally clean animals. Has the ability of jumping quite high.
Housing: Plastic or glass tank or storage box of at least 1.5 x 1 feet for a pair and at least 2 - 3 feet for more than 2 gerbils. A lid is necessary. Use 3 - 4 inches of unscented Aspen wood shavings (Recommended Chipsi Classic) as bedding with Timothy hay. Provide wooden rodent houses or coconut shells as hides.
Diet: Hamster seed mix and grain diet as staple food. Fresh vegetables such as mustard green, lettuce and carrot should be offered at least every 2 days. Water bottle is optional if fresh vegetables can be provided daily. Feed mealworms, raisins, millet spray and unsalted cheese sparingly as treats.
Toys: Cardboard boxes and toilet paper roll for chewing. Empty bottles for rolling.
Additional note: Gerbils can easily chew up plastic, paper and non-solid wood objects. Therefore, use ceramic or solid wood dishes and ornaments.IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not at any time, pull the gerbil by its tail. It will break off easily and does not regenerate.

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