Chapter 7 Part 1

Gerbils common diseases malocclusion need teeth

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Unformatted text preview:   Native to China and Mongolia •  Brought to U.S. in 1954 •  Illegal as pets in California Gerbils •  Physiology, biology, and behavior •  Active, friendly animals •  Adult gerbils to NOT tolerate new cage mates •  Adapted to wide temperature variations and conserve water efficiently •  Normally burrow •  Appreciate tunnels Gerbils •  Physiology, biology, and behavior •  Enjoy exercise wheels and edible chew toys •  Avoid plastic •  Enjoy dust baths Gerbils •  Breeding •  Monogamous •  Male and female should never be separated •  Both male and female build nests, care for young •  Gestation is 25 days; litters of 4 or 5 young •  Place with permanent cage mates by 10 to 12 weeks of age •  New cage mates will result in fighting among adults •  If cage mate removed for prolonged time and reintroduced, fighting may result Gerbils •  Husbandry •  Require minimal care •  Drink little water, excrete little urine •  Can survive as long as 45 days without water •  Tolerate wide temperature ranges •  Relative humidity of 30% recommended •  Should be fed ad libitum ...
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