Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
I'd say you'd be fine getting gerbils. They don't take up much space, and they do well in pairs (same sex!!)
Two things I can tell you from personal experience, if you didn't already, is that gerbils are notorious escape artists and their tails de-glove extremely easily, so never grab them by the tail.
I had a gerbil named Mike who had a wheel in his tank. I started noticing that the school papers pinned to my cork board over his cage started getting shredded edges. It took me a while to figure out what was happening.
Mike would shove bedding under his wheel, then climb on his wheel to see if it would spin. If it spun, he'd climb back off and shove more bedding under the wheel and check to see if it spun again. He'd do this again and again until the wheel was so jammed up with bedding it no longer spun.
Then he would climb to the top of the wheel, catch hold of the mesh lid on the cage, and spider pig crawl across the underside until he got to a corner of the lid that was a leeeeettle bit loose. He'd then work his way through the mesh and climb out on top to freedom.
We had more gerbils at our library in one of those plastic tube systems. They would work together constantly to nibble holes into the tubes so they could escape.
As for the degloving. I was trying to catch a friend's escaped gerbil and managed to get hold of her, she slipped free and I reflexively tightened my pinky finger against my ring finger to try to slow her down. I accidentally snagged her her by the tail with just a tiny bit of pressure, and the skin covering of her entire tail slipped off as if it weren't even attached. Freaked me and my friend out. I know for a fact that I didn't grip it that hard, since I'm used to handling the guys, but in a split second, there it went.
But, they make sweet little pets, and are endlessly entertaining. They're much more active than hammies.
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