Because their teeth a constantly growing they always need to be gnawing something. This way they can grind their teeth down and stop them from hurting. They may mistake your finger for something to gnaw on if you pick them up or poke your hand in their enclosure.
If they are afraid they will bite to defend themselves.
If they are upset, they will attack. They are known to attack other gerbils who are strangers to them. This is quite common with gerbils from different families that have been introduced to each other.
Gerbils are extremely active creatures who love to gnaw, entertain and play with one another. Because of their activity and the fact they are always on the move they need something to give the exercise in the confined spaces that they live.
Yes they do need an exercise wheel because they need to be kept active.
An exercise wheel is ideal to keep them physically and mentally fit.
An idea exercise wheel for gerbils needs to be solid, or wire mesh so that they don’t get their tails tangled up. It should be about 8 inches in diameter.
Although gerbils are fantastic pets to have, there are unfortunately too many cases where a Gerbil has been neglected by an owner.
These are 7 signs of a neglected Gerbil to help spot the tale tale signs of a Gerbil who needs immediate attention.
1. They are sneezing
2. They have a runny nose
3. Their eyes are watery
4. They have diarrhea.
5.They seem lethargic
6. Their head is tilted back slightly.
7. They have scabs on their feet, face or ears.
If they do have any of the above symptoms, it could be that they may have wet tail which is a name for a common life threatening disease to gerbils which is caused by stress or even a dirty cage.