How Much Do Gerbils Cost?

The gerbil is a small mammal commonly known as a “desert rat.”  While gerbils are in the rodent family, they are not the same as mice or rats.  They have a fluffier tail and are much friendlier.  Gerbils can be great first pets for children.  They are very active and fun, and they allow people to handle them and play with them.  As long as you are not too rough, a gerbil will not normally bite you.

Gerbil - Spotted Argents by benmckune, on Flickr
Gerbil – Spotted Argents” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  benmckune

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Gerbil vs. hamster

This is a common question that gets asked often.  While a hamster is quite similar to a gerbil, there are some distinct differences as noted below:

  1. Gerbils are slightly smaller. A gerbil can grow up to six inches, while a hamster can grow up to seven.
  2. A gerbil’s tail will usually be close to four inches long with the hair on the end, while a hamster has a short stubbier tail that is less than 1.5 inches.
  3. The nose of a gerbil is pointed and longer than that of a hamster.
  4. Hamsters tend to be more laid back when compared to a gerbil’s energy.
  5. Gerbils will rarely bite and love to be held; on the other hand, a hamster can bite quite often, especially if being held for a long time.
  6. Gerbils are most active during both day and night, while hamsters are nocturnal, meaning they usually sleep during the day.
  7. Hamsters will tend to hoard their food in their cheeks and gerbils won’t.

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