9 Benefits of Owning a Gerbil


4. With gerbils, it’s always a group show

Gerbils should never be kept alone. They are social creatures and cannot do without a few of their kind in their enclosure. This can make gerbils extremely entertaining for children to watch. Gerbils tend to constantly engage in active play with one another. The name gerbil derives from a Latin word that means clawed warrior. As territorial creatures, gerbils tend to violently oppose new individuals in their area. They can get into fights to the death when their areas are invaded by new gerbils. Gerbils only tolerate other gerbils when they grow up with them. When you set out to adopt or buy gerbils, then you need to make sure that you get all the individuals that you plan to get at one time. They need to be ones that have grown up together and that are known to get get along. You can’t hope to build up your collection of gerbils over time.

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