Question: Can Gerbils Change Sexes?

How smart are gerbils?

In comparison to dogs, no, gerbils are not super-intelligent.

However, in rodent terms they are clever little critters.

They also have lifelong social interaction with other members of their species, which takes a modicum of intelligence too.


How often should I clean my gerbil cage?

Most owners find that they need to clean out their gerbils’ cage once a week. The general guidance (as with many small animals) is that if you own two, you should clean out their enclosure once a week.

Should I get 1 or 2 gerbils?

Gerbils are social animals and need the constant company of their own kind. The only exception to this is the Fat-tailed gerbil, as females of this species can be kept alone, and will often fight with other females. Otherwise, it is always advisable to get a pair of gerbils, either two males or two females.

Why are my gerbils suddenly fighting?

Whilst gerbils can and do fight, fighting is quite a rare event and is usually caused as a result of dominance. The unfortunate thing is that when gerbils fight they do so very aggressively and will often kill the loser of a fight.

Do female gerbils mount each other?

Female gerbils mount other females to show which one is dominant and which is submissive. This can be a regular behavior, but it is most common after you clean their cage. They may mount each other when in heat, but this occurs far less frequently when a male gerbil is present.

Why are my gerbils chasing each other?

Another sign of play fighting is when your gerbils chase each other lightly around the cage. As long as they’re not frantically running after each other or slamming into things in the cage violently while running away, then it’s safe to assume that they are just play fighting.

Do gerbils have periods?

Gerbils are polyestrous and breed year round; ovulation is spontaneous. The duration of the estrous cycle is 4-6 days.

Do gerbils mate for life?

Male and female gerbils pair and mate for life and will co-parent their brood once babies are born.

Are female or male gerbils better?

Some owners say males are more docile and friendly towards each other than females. Others say they have had no problem with female gerbil pairs. However, it’s generally a good idea to choose males if you want to keep more than two gerbils together, as they seem slightly happier in larger groups than females.

Will 2 male gerbils fight?

Get only male gerbils because they are less likely to fight. You should be able to house between 2 and 4 males together with few problems. This is because male gerbils tend to get along fairly well.

Are female gerbils more aggressive?

Are female gerbils more aggressive? Females can be more aggressive with other gerbils than males. In any gerbil group, there is a dominant pair of a male and female. While the males can box and fight, the females can be even worse.

What is the average lifespan of a gerbil?

Pachyuromys duprasi: 5 – 7 yearsGreat gerbil: 2 – 4 yearsGerbils/Lifespan

Can you put a male and female gerbil together?

A pair of gerbils (two males, or two females) is the happiest and safest combination. When two gerbils live together, they will rely on each other for company. Fighting between a bonded pair of gerbils is unlikely. You can also keep 3 gerbils together in a trio, but the risk of declanning is higher.

How do I know if my gerbils are mating?

See if the female gerbil accepts the mount or turns and faces the male. Either can occur with a squeak. If she turns and faces the male she has rejected the male as a mate. If the female does not turn, but stays in place, she has accepted the mating pair.

Can gerbils kill each other?

So, can gerbils kill each other? The answer is yes. While it is rare, gerbils are capable of fighting to the death. In the wild, it is common for gerbils to fight, but the defeated gerbil can flee because it is not in a cage.

Are gerbils smelly?

Gerbils don’t smell bad at all for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they are small mammals known as ‘Desert Rats’ who are used to dry conditions which means that they don’t drink much water, therefore, produce very little urine. … Gerbils have small, hard faeces which have little smell to them.

Can you leave gerbils alone for a week?

If there’s nobody to look after them, you may wonder how long you can safely leave gerbils alone. With preparation, gerbils can be left alone for up to a week. Leave at least one tablespoon of food per gerbil per day. Attach two water bottles, in case one leaks or gets blocked.

Do gerbils love their owners?

Gerbils love and recognize the people around them every single day. Though they typically recognize owners through scent and voice, you never know. Maybe gerbils do look forward to seeing their owners’ faces too!