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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Gerbillinae
Genus:Gerbillus
Genus species:Gerbillus sp.

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The coat color of the gerbil varies, but the tail tip is a contrasting color.
Habitat:Deserts, semi deserts, coastal areas
Diet:Herbivore: seeds, fruit, leaves, roots, bulbs
Reproduction:As many as 12 young may be born after a gestation period of 21-28 days. Weaning occurs when the babies are 20 days old. Gerbils only live for 1-2 years.
Social organization depends on the environment - gerbils are solitary in the desert but form stable social groups in savannas.
Behavior:Gerbils live below the ground's surface during the day to prevent water loss.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:An individual's coat color matches the color of the ground where it lives. There are 34 known species of gerbil.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Africa
Middle East
Iran
Afghanistan
Western India
Date:1974-02 Subjects:Gerbil (unidentified)
rodent
Gerbils
Muridae
Mice
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata