Lifespan: Up to 6 years
Size: About softball size
Sexual Maturity: 9-12 weeks old
Gestation: 22-27 days
Litter Size: 3-7
Weaned: 3-4 weeks old
- A gerbil’s diet should consist of:
- 75% square meal
- 10% dried hay, grains, seeds & dried veggies
- 5% fresh fruit/veggies (spinach, carrots, apples)
- Avoid these foods:
- Chocolate & other candy
- Uncooked beans
- Treats may consist of:
- Treat sticks
- Prepackaged chew sticks
- Plain grain cereals (such as plain Cheerios)
Caging & Environment
- Gerbils are social animals and can be housed together in an appropriately sized cage.
- Caging should be made of wire or an aquarium with metal screen lid, as gerbils are voracious chewers. The cage should be well-secured; gerbils are escape artists!
- Caging should include a hide area, food bowl, water bottle, and metal screen exercise wheel.
- Bedding should be about 1” deep. Offer additional nesting material to satisfy the gerbil’s natural gathering behavior.
- Gerbils are friendly by nature and rarely bite, but can nip if they feel threatened. Try hand-feeding treats as a start.
- To pick them up, scoop them into your hand.
- Never pick up a gerbil by the tail, as this can cause injury.