Gerbils look very different than hamsters because of their long tail and courser fur. Gerbils can typically live 3-5 years.
They are very social and should be kept in same sex pairs. Unlike hamsters, gerbils are active throughout the day and night. Because they are big chewers, they should be kept in a glass tank with a secure wire top and plenty of chew toys.
Similar to chinchillas, gerbils can benefit from a dust bath to keep their coats clean. These critters can be very jumpy and fast, so should be handled by younger children only under adult supervision.
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