What are gerbils?
Gerbils are rodents. Mice, rats, and squirrels are also rodents. Rodents are special because their teeth grow all the time, so they need to chew.
Gerbils are mammals. They have 5 to 8 babies in each litter. The mother is pregnant for 24 days. The babies are tiny, have no fur, and cannot see or hear when they are born. Mammal babies drink milk from their mothers.
The mother and father gerbil both take care of the babies. The mother feeds her babies milk. The father sits on them to keep them warm. Both parents groom the babies to keep them clean. Gerbils can have a lot of babies! Moonda, the mother of your class’s gerbils, has had 27 babies since December!
originally come from the
In the wild, gerbils live in large groups called clans. We call our pet gerbil families clans, too. Gerbil clans do not like gerbils from other clans. They will fight. Gerbils thump their feet to warn their clan of danger.
are prey animals. Owls, weasels and
vultures eat gerbils in the wild. Gerbils have good hearing. They can
and jump several inches off the ground to avoid being caught! In the
are fierce when caught. But pet gerbils are gentle and rarely bite.