Gerbils are nocturnal, very adventurous, tend to have a friendly nature and can be easy to hand tame! Gerbils are social creatures and should be housed with same-sex gerbils except for medical or behavioral reasons.
We recommend a 10 gallon or larger tank filled with about 2” of paper bedding or other nesting material. Nesting material should be loose, light, easy to manipulate, and of course safe. Enclosures should be well ventilated but kept out of direct drafts, and should provide plenty of enclosed opaque shelters for the gerbils to retreat into as desired. Enclosures should provide lots of enrichment for the gerbils to meet their natural needs in the areas of chewing/gnawing, physical movement, resting/hiding, and nesting material or food to forage. A properly sized wheel or disc is a necessity for the gerbils to meet their exercise needs.
The needs of each gerbil are unique and if you have questions about the right type of enclosure for the gerbil you are interested in, please let us know in your inquiry! We are happy to provide guidance and advice.
* We are currently closed to the general public but are scheduling appointments for adoption. If you would like to schedule a browsing appointment to meet gerbils available for adoption, please click on the blue “Inquire” link above to get started.
*If you are not ready to adopt, but are in a position to donate, please visit www.mspca.org/nevinsgift .