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By: April Metroulas

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Gerbils are friendly, affectionate, and curious rodents. The most common type of gerbil is the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). They are native to the desert regions of Mongolia and northeastern China. Gerbils are non-aggressive creatures that rarely bite. With a life span of 3 to 4 years, they make excellent pets for youngsters interested in minimal commitment.

When choosing a gerbil, always pick one with the clearest eyes, the cleanest hair coat, and the most outgoing personality. Always pick a gerbil up by the nape of the neck, never by the tail, as the skin can easily slough off.

It is currently illegal to own a gerbil in the state of California.

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