The fat-tailed gerbil: its origins and characteristics

two duprasi gerbils on wooden floor
31 January 2021 Pets4Company

From North Africa with love, meet the Pachyuromys duprasi!

Technical sheet:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Muridae
  • Sub-family: Gerbillinae
  • Genre: Pachyuromys
  • Species: Pachyuromys duprasi
  • Origin: North Africa

Origins and Characteristics:

The duprasi gerbil is an extremely docile dusk rodent with long, soft hair. In captivity, their habits and sleeping patterns adapt to those of their owner, becoming daytime or living in intermittent day / night patterns.

It is considered medium in size, reaching 10 cm in body length, to which is added another 5 cm in tail length, weighing about 40 grams. The tail that gave it its name serves to store fat reserves.

In their natural habitat, the average life expectancy is about 5 years, reaching 7 years in captivity. It reaches sexual maturity between 3 and 6 months of life, being able to reproduce up to three times a year with an average of 3 to 9 pups per litter.

Fat-tailed gerbils are omnivores, feeding on both insects and plants. As it is a rodent from more arid and desert environments, its feeding must take into account the characteristics developed by the species in this type of habitat. These little ones often suffer from problems associated with a wrong diet, too rich in sugars (fruits) and fats (mealworms and sunflower seeds).

Duprasi need terrariums with plenty of space and a good bedding height so they can dig. The bedding and ventilation of the space must be adequate so that it does not develop respiratory issues. In the case of a rodent, the material made available must be resistant and non-toxic.

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