Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Muridae
  Scientific Name : Gerillinae

                      Size : 7 - 15cm (2.5 - 6in) 
                 Weight : 56.6 - 113g (2 - 4oz)
           Top Speed : 6km/h (4mph)
            Life Span : 3 - 5 years

                Colour : Brown, Grey, White, 
                               Black, Tan
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Small body and
                                long detachable tail
  1. Gerbils are small rodents found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  2. They are known to inhabit the deserts and sandy plains.
  3. They were known as desert rats till their commercial introduction to North America as pets.
  4. They are quite similar to the mouse and the hamster.
  5. Interestingly, they have the ability to shed their tail and use this to get away from their predators.
  6. Their tails are often as long as their body and helps them balance themselves while standing on their hind legs.
  7. They use their sharp claws to dig burrows in the sandy grounds and are known to escape through these burrows.
  8. They are best known for the extensive network of tunnels that they build.
  9. They live, hide and breed in these tunnels, coming to the surface only to find food and water.
  10. There are around 100 species of Gerbils found in the world.
  11. They lead a diurnal life most of the times.
  12. Though the gerbils that are kept as pets often lead a more nocturnal life.

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