are many types of jirds, but because of their popularity,
we have chosen to write about the Bushy-tailed jird
and the Shaw's jird. This is not to say we won't be
adding more later. If you have a question about other
types of gerbils or jirds please e-mail us.
jirds come from Egypt and Arabia along the shores of
the Red Sea. They are about the same size as a Mongolian
gerbil but longer and thiner in build. Thier faces are
long and thin with cat-like whiskers. They have a long,
thick, furry tail that is almost as long as their body.
jirds are about the same size as a rat and look like
a giant Mongolian gerbil. It's proper name is the Clawed
jird. The Shaws jird originates from the arid areas
of North Africa and the Middle East. They make wonderful
pets. They are friendly and have a natural curiosity.
Shaws jirds are also extremely intellegent.
can house your jird the same way you house a gerbil.
They like to hide-a-way so a nest box or borrowing tube
is recomended. Their coat gets greasy easily so we recommend
a daily dust bath. You can purchase chinchilla dust
at any pet store.
aqarium is adequate for a pair of jirds. Line the
bottom of the cage with clay pipes and jars and cover
with Aspen bedding. Females prefer to sleep in the
tunnels while the males prefer to sleep on top with
all fours sticking up in the air!
feed our jirds the same diet we feed our gerbils. We
also provide them with a cuddle bone, for extra calcium
(needed especially when breeding) and a mineral block.
Jirds love to gnaw and will demolish anything. We suggest
you feed them out of a crock instead of a plastic bowl.
Also use water bottle guard as they will quickly distroy
their water bottle. We also provide ours wih a pumice
stone and other chew toys to gnaw on. See our suppliers
for suggested suppliers for toys, feed and other supplies.
- Shaw's Jirds
feed my Clawed jird's the same diet as above. They do,
however, enjoy a little meat in their diet. We give
ours a few mealworms a couple of times a week. They
also enjoy all kinds of fruits and vegetables.