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As well as the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus), the species that is normally kept as a pet, there are about 90 other species of Gerbils and Jirds.
They live in the dry grasslands and desert fringes from South and West Africa to Far Eastern Asia.
Persian Jird - Meriones persicus
Here is some information or pictures relating to some of those species:
I also have a complete list of all Gerbil and Jird Species including their distribution.
Karin van Veen has more information on exotic species of Gerbils and Jirds at The Gerbil Information Page.
A Namib Paeba, also known as The Snowshoe Gerbil (Gerbillurus Paeba)
A gerbil from the genus Taterillus.
Jerboas like this (Jaculus orientalis) are not gerbils or jirds and come from a totally different branch of rodents.
Degus (Octogon degus) like this are also not gerbils. They are a South American rodent more closely related to Cavies and Chinchillas.
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Last updated 14 September 2009