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Old 07-03-2020, 06:22 AM   #31
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cute gerbils.
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Old 07-03-2020, 01:35 PM   #32
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Thank you. Storm is a very gregarious, laid back boy and Rocket is confident but aloof.
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Old 11-11-2020, 01:28 PM   #33
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This is the big difference between hamsters and gerbils...

Bramble has had her willow tunnel for over two months with not a scratch on it. Lily and Daisy the gerbils have had theirs for less than two days:





That's Daisy in the second photo.
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Old 11-27-2020, 02:39 PM   #34
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Those gerbils are working hard, all right! I hope they get overtime pay!

I'm planning to get a pair of boys myself when I can. It'll be nice to have someone to relate to other than my sleepy Syrian (hamster, that is, haha).
I've read that gerbils are often up during the day, and are more interested in interacting with their humans than hamsters.

Since you have four of them, I guess you enjoy their company....
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Old 11-27-2020, 03:48 PM   #35
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Those gerbils are working hard, all right! I hope they get overtime pay!

I'm planning to get a pair of boys myself when I can. It'll be nice to have someone to relate to other than my sleepy Syrian (hamster, that is, haha).
I've read that gerbils are often up during the day, and are more interested in interacting with their humans than hamsters.

Since you have four of them, I guess you enjoy their company....
Yes, gerbils can destroy some toys in minutes, and I'm never quite sure whether that means they really loved them or really hated them. I call my gerbil tanks the recycling bins because that's where our paper and cardboard goes, and once shredded up it's free bedding.

I do love gerbils, yes! Hamsters offer something different though. They each have their merits. Whether an individual hamster or gerbil likes human interaction comes down to individual variation much more than species really.

Gerbils can be active at any time of day or night. They're metaturnal which means they have sporadic periods of activity throughout the day and night and don't have much of a circadian rhythm. They can adapt to any routine quite easily.

If you have any questions about gerbils I'd be happy to help where I can. They're delightful creatures!
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:56 PM   #36
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I just wish he would get more exercise. He's become a little rotund, and being bigger than the average gerbil, I'm concerned he's starting to look like a degu.
Thanks, Dalis mum, you made me laugh out loud!
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Old 11-27-2020, 06:14 PM   #37
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Sushi 78,
My dwarf hamster died last week. He became a bit bitey as he matured, so I didn't handle him, but he was awake from time to time, running on his wheel - or falling asleep on it - and generally pottering about and looking adorable. Because of that, despite his assaultive proclivities, he was better company than my syrian, Bean, who's tolerant and nonviolent, but spends all his time in his hutch. He gets up when I go to bed, and goes to bed shortly after I get up.
I was hoping that gerbils would be more likely to notice when I got home from somewhere, and do their kangaroo pose in hopes of treats or toilet rolls. And that I could handle them without getting bitten.
It sounds like all of your gerbils are handleable. How about your hamster?
Thanks for being willing to share gerbil info.
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All my gerbils are handleable. Rocket isn't keen on it, she's a bit wriggly. They're all trained to hop onto my hand for a treat. My hamster is very handleable too.

Yes, gerbils will notice when you get home, especially if you come bearing treats or cardboard. They will usually be quite handleable if you get them young and if you are patient with taming. Real biting is very rare but when young they may nip.
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:04 PM   #39
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Hi Sushi,
Thanks for posting. They are very cute! I don't have any gerbils, but I think my hamster has been sort of a gateway drug for other pets, and I've been researching and trying to decide between more hamsters versus guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, gerbils or other rodents as an addition to my one current hamster.
Please do tell us more about these little fellas! For example, how was taming your gerbils as opposed to the hamsters?

owning hamsters is absolutely a gateway drug for me wanting other pets. i used to always just want cats but when i started owning hamsters i immediately started wanting rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, and rats but i unfortunately donít have the space for any other pets yet!
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owning hamsters is absolutely a gateway drug for me wanting other pets. i used to always just want cats but when i started owning hamsters i immediately started wanting rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, and rats but i unfortunately donít have the space for any other pets yet!
Very true about them being gateway drugs! I'd like mice, rats, duprasi, more hamsters, more gerbils... But space and funds are limited. After my last hamster died and before I got my current hamster, I was hoping to get a group of mice but I decided four gerbils plus four or more mice would really be too much right now.
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