What’s the difference between a gerbil and a hamster?

While many people love the idea of looking after an adorable little pocket pet, they may not be able to identify a hamster from a gerbil. What sets them apart from one another?

While there are a lot of differences between these two creatures, there are some that may be more noticeable than others. For example, hamsters are generally larger than gerbils and a bit boxier in shape. Gerbils have a very mouse-like appearance with long tails that hamsters tend to lack. This is the feature that a lot of people try to remember if they have trouble differentiating between the two. Their personalities differ as well, since hamsters will lead more solitary lives than their social gerbil counterparts. They will keep a bit of a different schedule too, as gerbils will likely be awake for more of a human’s traditional waking hours. For more information, please contact your local vets London, ON.


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