08 Jul Five Lessons That Will Teach You All You Need To Know About Gerbil
These are small rodents that are mostly mistaken for mice or rats. They are quite different as per their behavior. These animals have long tails which are hairy, and are inquisitive and rarely bite. They originated from grasslands and deserts. The specific species that is kept as a pet is called the Mongolian gerbil. They are never kept alone rather as a group.
Care for a gerbil:
- Habitat: they are kept in a large tank or an old aquarium. Inside the tank, there should be materials that they can dig in and tunnel into. For the flooring, you may need a thick layer of dust, preferably soil. They sleep in cut clay flowerpots.
- Diet: they are omnivores thus they can be fed by giving them fresh vegetables and fruits. Although some vegetables such as potatoes are poisonous to them. Ensure that they are always hydrated preferably water bottles as they tend to bury wooden bowls or chew them.
- Hygiene: they are responsible for their cleaning. As a pet owner, you are required to give them chinchilla’s sand as they used it in a bath.
- Health measures: you should be keen to check for changes in their appearance such as a dull coat, sticky nose and eyes are a sign of ill health, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
- Exercising: for gerbils to remain active, ensure their habitat has enough bedding for them to dig and burrow. They enjoy chewing cardboard tubes and will run through them as well. They use branches to climb on and rocks as a lookout point.
These animals can take care of themselves but since you are keeping as pets, you need to make them feel like they are just in their natural surroundings.