Cape gerbil

Cape gerbil

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Gerbillinae
Species : Tatera afra


The Cape gerbil is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Cape gerbil
A young / baby of a Cape gerbil is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Cape gerbil group is called a 'horde'.
South Africa
Some facts about the
Cape gerbil

Adult weight : 0.075 kg (0.165 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 6 years

Female maturity :152 days

Male maturity : 115 days

Gestation : 23 days

Litters per year : 7

Weight at birth : 0.005 kg (0.011 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 1 W

Body mass : 0.107 kg (0.2354 lbs)

Temperature : 33.85 °C (92.93 °F)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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