Questions About Gerbils

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How Intelligent Are Gerbils?

Gerbils are rodents, and rodents are one of the most intelligent pets you can own. Gerbils aren’t quite as clever as some other rodents, but they’re inquisitive, eager learners, and good decision-makers. Gerbils are smart pets, and demonstrate various types of intelligence. They have complex social skills, spatial awareness, and […]

Do Gerbils and Rabbits Get Along?

Do Gerbils and Rabbits Get Along?

Gerbils and rabbits are both sociable and friendly animals. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they will get along well together. They’re different species, and would never naturally interact in the wild. Some gerbils and rabbits get along fine, and enjoy playing together. However, others don’t. If your gerbil is frightened […]

chinchillas and gerbils as pets

What Is the Difference Between a Gerbil and a Chinchilla?

Gerbils and chinchillas are both furry, sociable rodents that make popular pets. However, chinchillas and gerbils are distinct species, and have vastly different care requirements. Chinchillas are bigger than gerbils, requiring a larger cage. They need lots of floor space, whereas gerbils need deep bedding for digging. Both gerbils and […]

how well can gerbils see?

Do Gerbils Have Good Eyesight?

With their large eyes, you might think that gerbils have good vision. However, gerbils rely on their sense of smell more than their vision. Gerbils can see clearly, but have better distant vision than near vision. They can see in color, but are likely red-green colorblind like other rodents, and […]

can gerbils change sexes?

Can Gerbils Change Their Gender?

Female gerbils can become pregnant when there are no males around. Or, a gerbil that was thought to be male will give birth. If this happens to you, you may wonder if gerbils can change sex. Gerbils can’t change their gender. A gerbil’s sex is permanent, and determined at the […]