Gerbils are very small animals and thus do
not require a large amount of room for a habitat. A 15 to
20 gallon aquarium tank is usually plent to house one or two
gerbils in. As with all pets a larger area is always better
and will allow you to give them more toys to play with. Gerbils
are good at both climbing and jumping meaning that whatever
enclosure you decide to use for them should have a secure
top on it.
Many hamster owners like to place a hamster wheel inside
their gerbils cage which will give your gerbil some much needed
exercise. However, gerbils have a tendency to get their tails
caught in the spacing within the wheel so make sure that either
the spacing is not too wide or that you cover the holes up.
Gerbils love to burrow because that is what they naturally
do in the wild. To facilitate this when keeping them as a
pet you should provide them with a large amount of wood shavings
on the bottom of their cage. These wood shavings should be
taller than the gerbil is so that it can cover itself entirely.