are gerbils nocturnal

Are Gerbils Nocturnal Animals

Are gerbils nocturnal creatures?

If you have a gerbil then you may notice that they are not very active during the day time.  They seem to come alive after dusk when the sun has set and the night has drawn in.

This tends to happen between 6-8pm and they suddenly become very lively.

Then in the early morning at dusk they start to quieten down and retreat back to their nests to rest.

This is why it is not a good idea to put their cage near your bedroom as their activity will keep you awake.

Its useful to understand the definition of nocturnal.

Nocturnal means ‘active at night’ (opposed to diurnal)  soure:

So yes they are nocturnal animals. Their desire to be active during the night time means that they are categorized as such.

However, they are also very light sleepers.

This is due to the fact that they are prey animals and can wake in an instant to dart away from danger.