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Browse online and buy in-store. Live pets are available in-store only. State and local regulations may vary. Some pets may not be available at all stores and may be seasonal. Pet size, gender and color may vary by store. Stop by your nearest PetSmart to find your next family pet.


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product highlights

  • Active during the day
  • Ideal for children 8 & up
  • Loves to tunnel
  • Social within the same family group
  • Lives up to 3 years
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price below for this pet. Ask a store associate for details. Gerbils are gentle, social and enjoy the companionship of another gerbil (house only same gender pairs who were raised together), as well as interaction with their Pet Parents. Gerbils have strong hind legs and are powerful jumpers. They are curious and not easily startled, so they're great for busy, active households.

Things to remember

Lifting & handling
Handle your gerbil gently -- scoop her up in both hands and hold her with cupped hands so she feels safe and secure. Remember to never lift or grip her by her tail.

Special needs
Your gerbil's front teeth never stop growing, so she needs lots of healthy things to chew on like treat sticks and chews.

To prevent tail injury, gerbils should only run on a solid-surface exercise wheel.

Choose a fortified diet appropriate for gerbils.

Your gerbil needs a well-ventilated home with a solid floor, large enough for a food dish and water bottle and a hiding area (if one isn't built in). There should be plenty of room for all cage accessories, and for her to move around freely.

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Gerbil is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome pets We have a whit gerbil and oh boy, he is the cutest thing ever. They are totally worth $15.
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great pet to own The gerbil I own has been a wonderful pet, she does have a lot of energy. (I wouldn't recommend for young children) All in all, I would definitely recommend people to own such fantastic animals. (With some love and training they become tame, so be patient with them.)
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta love 'em! I have had gerbils for about 15 years now, and I can highly recommend them as pets! They are social -- when I come home they actually come out to greet me -- never bite unless afraid or mishandled -- and are not solely nocturnal, so they are often awake during the day. I've found most of my gerbils to be awake and asleep on about 4-5 hour intervals. They'll be awake 4 or 5 hours, then asleep the same. But if they're asleep and I call them, they'll usually come out to see what's going on. And they invariably come out when company comes to see what's happening and who's here! With gentle handling they will learn to sit on your hand, your shoulder, etc., and make wonderful pets. They deserve the place hamsters seem to have! Don't be turned off by their cute tails! They are light and covered with hair, unlike rat tails. Their only cons: they are susceptible to human colds and can get sick -- and live only about 3 years. I wish they lived longer! Oh, and as for messiness - they don't drink much because they are originally desert animals, so mostly they have dry little pellets for stool that have little odor and don't urinate often because they don't drink much. But you always have to have water and food there for them, of course!
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highest Quality Gerbil I've Owned I've had many gerbils, and have done lots of research on them. I understand that breeders are the preferred place to buy a "healthy" gerbil, but I've been pleased with my little Rue. She's living a long and healthy life, going on 2 1/2 years while still looking young. She got along nicely with the other female gerbil I had bought at another place who never was nearly as healthy, but still was friendly. Sadly Rue is living by herself, but still seems happy, active, and curious! I've never had a better girl!
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Furry and friendly, but comparable to Houdini They are so cute and friendly. I purchased two adorable little girls a few weeks ago. They do go through phases where they will nibble on me, but it doesn't hurt and it's only for about a day out of two weeks. They are never really awake or asleep at the same time each day/night, so some nights it will be silent and others I will hear them running around. They like to redecorate the tank, so whatever setup you have, expect it to end up being completely different the next day. Unfortunately one of the two gerbils had been obsessed with finding a way out. She hasn't yet, but she has figured out a way to squeeze herself between the top of the water bottle and the mesh lid to the tank. She is the only gerbil out of the two who does this, and I think this is more of a personal behavior issue rather than an issue for all gerbils. They climb up my arm and sit on my hands, and after doing this for about a week, they've reduced the amount that they have peed and pooped in my hand. All in all, they are great small pets. They're friendly, they aren't noisy, they don't fight, and they're easy to care for. However, I would watch for behavioral issues. Also, make sure the tank (or cage) is very secure.
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from they are a great pet for children I love gerbils I got them three weeks ago and they are my first gerbils and they are so sweet and energetic but they do require attention and care mine love to run from hand to hand like a treadmill they love to chew chew chew when I open the front of the cage they run straight to my hand but if you get them make sure to always give them stuff to chew we can barely keep up they chew toilet paper rolls end to end in 10 min they even chewed through a wooden toy and chewed the sides of the slide in our cage I definitely love my gerbils they live to the net racy and don't get startled easily they r perfect for a sack with alot of foot traffic
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Lovable, Hilarious Pets As my first gerbils, these are above great. First day I got them, they already completely trusted me. They climbed into my hand and all over me, and didn't even mind if I picked them right up from under them. They're also really funny if you give them one treat - one will snatch it and turn it's back to the other so it can't have any. It's amusing to watch them wrestle over it. I highly recommend this amazing pet. :)
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pets! Looking for a pet rodent? Gerbils are the way to go! They hardly smell, way better than hamsters or guinea pigs! Buy in same same gender pairs and make sure they have plenty to chew on because their teeth grow constantly! They make excellent first pets for children and great for families with active lifestyles! Cage only needs to be cleaned once a week and put food in bowl once a week to maintain their weight. They have been excellent pets to add to our family!
Date published: 2016-12-22
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Can a twelve year old, very nice and kind to animals, care for a gerbil, she has wanted one for almost a year and will pay for it with her own money, but she has school, but enough space and energy to keep up with the pets' needs?

Asked by: AnimalLover13495
Yes, as long as you make sure she has the appropriate materials needed for the pet and cleans the cage often enough
Answered by: Sky790837263
Date published: 2019-01-01

How many times do I need to clean Gerbils every week? And will they smell bad often?

Asked by: DEADBONE
You actually shouldn't clean the cage every week because it can cause a lot of stress to the gerbils, because every time you clean it they will lose there scent. P.S. when you do clean it only clean half of the bedding so they can still have there scent when they come back into there home/cage.
Answered by: Katey K
Date published: 2018-12-13

Do you have any gerbils available at either the clay or oswego? If not when will they be available?

Asked by: yolanda223
I mean I might but tbh they go pretty quickly. You might have to call the store in order to find store specific answers.
Answered by: ThinkB4USpeak
Date published: 2018-12-24

Do you get 3 or 1 or2

Asked by: Bobe
You should always buy a pair of gerbils due to them being social animals that live in groups. A pair of gerbils usually bonds well, regardless of their gender. I had a pair of male gerbils and they were great together for years. You can get a trio of gerbils, but the bonding tends to be less successful. Two of the gerbils can gang up on the other one if they feel threatened. If you are going for a trip, I recommend an all male group due to the fact that females tend to be more aggressive. No matter how many gerbils you get, you should always get them from a set that was already housed together for the most successful bond.
Answered by: Blayz
Date published: 2018-11-14

how can u pick up a gerbil if she wont let u pick her up

Asked by: cheath
Don't pick her up if she doesn't want you too. Don't force it
Answered by: Gerbil72
Date published: 2018-11-14

does petsmart have female and male or just male

Asked by: cheyenne_birdlover
depends on the store
Answered by: Gerbil72
Date published: 2018-11-14

If I wanted to buy a small pet would I have to have an adult with me if I was under a certain age?

Asked by: Ale_iss
Yes. If you are under the age of 18, you must have a legal guardian with you
Answered by: Gerbil72
Date published: 2018-12-13

Do they bite??? If so does it hurt 

Asked by: Crystal105
Yes they can bite but they only bite when stressed out they tend to squeak if scared.
Answered by: Bre578
Date published: 2018-11-10
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