Indian gerbil

Indian gerbil

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


The Indian gerbil is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. 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 Indian gerbil
A young / baby of a Indian gerbil is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A Indian gerbil group is called a 'horde'.
Some facts about the
Indian gerbil

Adult weight : 0.147 kg (0.3234 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 7 years

Female maturity :77 days

Male maturity : 91 days

Gestation : 26 days

Weaning : 24 days

Litter size : 5

Litters per year : 4

Interval between litters : 48 days

Weight at birth : 0.003 kg (0.0066 lbs)

Body mass : 0.087 kg (0.1914 lbs)

Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)

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Facts about the Indian gerbil

Indian Gerbils are omnivorous and will readily eat insects and meat if offered.

Indian gerbils are the commonest gerbils in the Indian sub-continent.

This Indian Gerbil (Tatera indica) is from a 1837 version of Georges Léopold Cuvier's "Le Règne Animal distribue d’Apres son (Full text)

In India, Indian Gerbils are very common in areas of human habitation and in Iraq and Syria it is almost only found near villages. (Full text)

However, the ones I once saw in The Netherlands seemed timid and looked like they would bite first and ask questions afterwards And Finally In Southern India and Ceylon the Indian Gerbil is dug out of its burrows as a source of food, but in the north the animal is thought too small to (Full text)

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