Gerbils are cute and popular pets but often misunderstood. Gerbils are mostly nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night and tend to sleep during the day. That and their naturally skittish behavior as prey animals means they are easily startled when woken up and handled in the middle of the day and may resort to biting the hand that feeds them in fear. Therefore, gerbils are usually not recommended for young children. With patience and understanding, gerbils can make handleable pets!

Average Adult Size: 3-4 inches plus tail

Average Life Span: 2-5 years

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