Laboratory gerbil biology


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Physiological values

Table: Physiological Values - Gerbil
Gerbil
Adult body weight: male65-100g
Adult body weight: female55-85g
Birth weight2½-3g
Life span3-4 years
Food consumption5-8g/100g/day
Water consumption4-7ml/100g/day
Breeding onset: male70-85 days
Breeding onset: female65-86 days
Cycle length4-6 days
Gestation period24-26 days
Postpartum estrusYes – fertile
Litter size3-7 (5 average)
Weaning age20-26 days
Breeding duration12-17 months
Commercial4-10 litters

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Updated on 16th June 2021

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