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Gerbil Behavior


Gerbils are highly social animals, they do not like being alone. In the wild gerbils live in social units called "clans". They build burrows and have a complex array of tunnels. Gerbils are very curious by nature and like to explore everything in their environment. They are also extremely territorial, especially the females. Gerbils have a keen sense of hearing. The leg thumping is a basic behavior of gerbils. Gerbils are omnivorous animals. They eat grains, seeds, grasses, roots, flowers, fruit, worms, and insects. Gerbils do not drink too much water, because they extract water from food. Gerbils need variety in their diet. In the wild their predators include foxes, snakes, and birds of prey.