author={Margaret Batchelder and Lynn S. Keller and Mary Ball Sauer and Wanda L. West},
  journal={The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents},
  pages={1131 - 1155}
Publisher Summary The gerbil is usually nonaggressive and is one of the easiest rodents to maintain and handle. Its disposition, curious nature, relative freedom from naturally occurring infectious diseases, and adaptability to its environment have contributed to its popularity as a laboratory animal. Gerbils are found in deserts and semiarid geographical regions of the world. The Mongolian gerbils that are available today originated from 20 pairs of captured animals that were maintained in… Expand
Karyological Characterization of Laboratory Strains of Mongolian Gerbils Using Differential Staining Techniques
The karyotypes of laboratory strains of Mongolian gerbils showing agouti, black and albino coat colors using conventional and differential staining methods are analyzed to show that these strains are quite stable without a polymorphic state, except for heteromorphic variations caused by size differences as a usual phenomenon. Expand
Pup ultrasonic isolation calls of six gerbil species and the relationship between acoustic traits and body size
Across species, call duration did not display a significant relationship with pup body size; and, among frequency variables, only the minimum fundamental frequency depended on pup bodysize; and the effect of species identity on the acoustics was stronger than the effects of body size. Expand
Chapter 52 Gerbils
The chapter provides an overview of the taxonomy, history, and origin of the Mongolian gerbil and assists in the humane care and use of gerbils by including details on basic experimental methods for investigators, veterinary care, and the commonly seen diseases. Expand
Hematology and Biochemistry of Small Mammals
The normal and abnormal hematology findings of small mammals including rats and mice, hamsters and gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rabbits, ferrets, and hedgehogs are described and the interpretation of serum biochemical data with respect to reference intervals and preanalytical, analytical, and biologic variables is discussed. Expand