Help needed re food plants
julian at rodent.demon.co.uk
Tue Jan 7 07:54:53 EST 1997
In article <1997010521250172338 at zetnet.co.uk>, Peter Selby
<pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk> writes
>In message <5mGgrSAB79zyEwdG at rodent.demon.co.uk>
> Julian Barker <julian at rodent.demon.co.uk> writes:
>> I have been doing research on the habitat of the Mongolian Gerbil. I
>> have discovered that the main food plant of these animals is Artemisia
>> sieversiana. They are known to also eat Salsola collina, Setaria viridis
>> and Leymus chinensis.
>Do the gerbils live by the seaside?
Nope. They live in the steppe bordering the Gobi Desert, except for
escapees who live in dunes on the Isle of White and Holland. :-)
>Artemesia vulgaris is the commonest plant to find in UK - better
>known as Mugwort.
>Salsola kali, prickly glasswort is an inhabitant of salt marshes in UK.
>Setaria is a genus of grass, sometimes found as as an escape in UK,
>but more commonly sold as Millet Sprays for Budgerigars.
That is very interesting. My girlfriend has discovered that her gerbils
appear to be healthier on a diet that includes budgie food which
normally contains a mix millets and similar seeds.
>Leymus is as you say a grass. We have Leymus arenarius which is Lyme
>grass and grows in sand dunes.
>Hope this helps.
I would just like to thank everyone who has responded so qickly and so
promptly to my query.
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