The mongolian gerbil is stocky and well adapted to life in the extreme climate of the Central Asian steppe and semi—desert that it’s wild cousins call their home. The tail is furred to provide additional protection against the cold and they even have fur between their toes.
All gerbils are adapted to live in a very dry environment, they have evolved to conserve moisture, so never smell (saving a fortune on deodorant) but this also helps them to cope with extremes of heat and cold.
They have very good eyesight and a keen sense of smell. Their hearing is approximately 7 times better than humans helping them hear danger approaching.