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The gerbil is a small rodent native to deserts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The Latin name for gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) means “clawed warrior”. In the wild gerbils live in burrows. Gerbils are not strictly nocturnal rodents. They stay underground during the day and come out in the morning or the evening to search for food. Gerbils are 3 to 7 inches long, and their tail is 3 to 9 inches long. Their long tail is used for balance. Gerbils have white, grey or light brown fur. Gerbils are also popular pets. They are friendly and very easy to take care of. The common pet gerbil originated in Mongolia. The Mongolian gerbil was brought to the United States in 1954 for research purposes. There are more than 80 gerbil species living in the wild.

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