Gerbils are small desert rodents the most common pet species being the Mongolian gerbil ( or clawed jird, jird being a name gerbils are sometimes known by) The Libyan gerbil the Duprasi gerbil and the Shaw’s jird may also be seen in veterinary practices.
Mongolian gerbils tend to burrow and are well adapted to a wide and fluctuating range of temperatures . They do not hibernate. They have low water requirememnts and produce scanty concentrated urine. They have very acute sense of hearing and smell and communicate via foot thumping. Both sexes also scent mark by using a ventral scent gland.
Gerbils live for approximately 3-4 years,and are non smelly compared with other rodents, they are generally fairly docile and tend not to frequently bite.
Gerbils come in a whole range of colours