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Old 12-04-2009, 01:10 PM
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nibbles vs. bites, what do they mean?


I know that rodents will nibble on your finger to taste you and check that you are not food. What does it mean if my gerbil does this tasting thing first, them calmly bites hard. It's not hard enough to bleed, but it sure hurts!
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:57 PM
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Well gerbils love to chew on everything, so make sure you supply them with toliet rolls and so on, thats maybe why they are testing you, but im no expert with gerbils so im sure someone will come along with some better advice! Good luck! x
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Well gerbils love to chew on everything, so make sure you supply them with toliet rolls and so on, thats maybe why they are testing you, but im no expert with gerbils so im sure someone will come along with some better advice! Good luck! x


That pretty much clears it, gerbils love chewing. My gerbils nibble on my fingers non stop, it's like they're always looking for something to chew.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:55 PM
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If a Gerbil bites down hard and breaks the skin/draws blood then it doesn't want to be handled. It is perhaps frightened. Nibbles can be a sign of affection and interaction
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:48 PM
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If it bites down hard, but not hard enough to make a mark or draw blood, it's also possible the little gerbil tastes the reminance of something delicious on your finger.
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