Fat-tailed gerbil

Pachyuromys duprasi

Order: Rodentia

Husbandry Information

Housing Requirements

  • Possibility of aggression between individuals. Be prepared to house them separately

Diet Requirements

Veterinary Concerns

Notes on Enrichment & Training


Colony or Breeding Management


Individual Identification


Programmatic Information


Temperature Guidelines



Tips on Presentation

Touching Techniques

Tips on Handling

  • One facility reported having issues handling them. They would bite and sometimes jump out of hand.


Potential Messaging

Acquisition Information


Comments from the Rating System

Natural History Information

Range and Habitat

Widespread distribution in northern Africa, encompassing parts of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, northern Mali, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.
Found in deserts and semi-deserts with a solid, non-sandy, substrate.

Physical Description

  • General Description: a stocky, short-legged rodent, with no clear necks and very sharp snouts.
  • Size: head/body length, 3.75”- 5”; tail, 1.5”-2.5”. Weight averages 1.28 oz.
  • The main color of their fur varies between gray and tan with dorsal hairs sometimes tipped with black. The color of their fur varies with subspecies in different ranges.
  • Pelage: long and fluffy.
  • Eyes: black, large and oval shaped.
  • Ears: pink, short, small (0.5”), sparsely haired and positioned low on the head.
  • Feet: long rear feet are partially furred for protection from the hot desert sand. The palms and soles are partly haired.
  • Claws: well developed and long; used for digging.
  • Dentition: comprised of upper incisors, which are grooved on the anterior surface, and 4 molars in the upper and lower jaws.

Life Cycle




Threats and Conservation Status

  • Least concern

Did you know…

  • When resources are plentiful, their tails swell up from fat storage, which it utilized during times of scarce resources. Must like a camel uses its hump.




Contributors and Citations

Top Photo: By P.H.J. (Peter) Maas / http://www.petermaas.nl – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=364983