Gerbils are mice are similar creatures.
They both come from the rodent family, both species have a similar size and stature.
Both gerbils and mice have a pointed snout, small ears and 4 limbs.
They both have ravenous appetites and have a constant need to chew due to their teeth that are constantly growing.
In fact, if you weren’t familiar with the two species, you might say that they were almost identical in appearance.
So how do you tell the difference between a gerbil and a mouse?
Gerbils are larger creatures and have furred tails. They come from the desert.
Whereas, mice are more commonly found pretty much everywhere where there is food.
Both species are found in a variety of colors.
However, gerbils do not smell nearly as bad as mice do.
Gerbils also do not drink as much as mice and so do not urinate as often as mice do.
Male gerbils are much more inclined to get along with their own kin whereas male mice do not tend to get along.
So what would happen if gerbils and mice were put in the same place?
They are both very social creatures who enjoy living with other members of their own species.
If you have both species of rodent in your home then their cages can take up quite an amount of room in your home especially if you have more pets as well.
It can seem a tempting idea to put both types of rodents in the same cage so as to save space and time in cleaning their cages.
However, if both gerbils and mice were put in the same place, this would cause problems.
Its important to remember that even individual animals may be territorial or aggressive, when put with another species even if they are members of a species that is supposed to be social.
In this case, it is feasible to expect mice to be the more aggressive of the species rather than gerbils.
Another question that might arise if this situation were to occur is ‘can gerbils and mice interbreed?’
They maybe able to, however this would not be their first instinct. Their first instinct would be to fight each other and they would rather kill each other before any thought of breeding taking place.
So if you have any thoughts about seeing if this maybe possible, then for the sake of both species keep them apart as they will literally kill each other first.