Peaches and Arthur welcomed their second litter early on Tuesday Morning (6/19/16). There are seven babies! Their skin has darkened somewhat from this first photo, and it appears that there are 3 darker colored babies and 4 lighter colored babies. I would love to see a black gerbil in this litter, however, the odds are looking slim.
The black/self-colored gene (a) is a recessive gene. If Peaches carried this gene, we would expect approximately half of the babies to be black (or self-colored) and the other half of the babies to be agouti. Because the agouti and black gerbils both appear darker at this stage in development, it seems that she likely doesn’t carry this gene especially because there were no black gerbils in the first litter either. But the good news is that we will probably have some dark-eyed honey gerbils and probably one or two with spotted markings.