Facts About The Gerbil

Facts About The Gerbil

Many people keep gerbils as pets because they look so adorable. However, not many are aware of some of the facts about the gerbil. A gerbil is a mammal that belongs to the zoological order of Rodentia. There are around eight different species of gerbils that people keep as pets.

Here are some facts about the gerbil that you might find interesting:

  • The length of a gerbil's body is between 6 inches and 12 inches on an average. However, there are some species that grow to a length of 16 inches.


  • On an average, a gerbil will weigh about 2.5 ounces.


  • A gerbil's hind legs are always larger than its fore legs. This is an adaptive characteristic as the hind legs are used for hopping around.
  • Gerbils are used to living in hot and dry climate and therefore, their bodies are adapted to produce very little waste.


  • A gerbil's teeth grow continuously and that is why people who keep them as pets are advised to clip their teeth on a regular basis.


  • One of the health problems that gerbils face as pets is Tyzzer's disease. This is a bacterial infection, but can also be caused by stress. So, pet gerbils should be checked regularly by vets to avoid any health complications.


  • If gerbils are not handled gently, they can become violent. Therefore, it is always recommended that they be handled with care and lovingly.
  • As pets, gerbils eat lettuce, carrots, and banana peels. However, they can also be fed readymade gerbil food that is available in most pet stores.