Newspaper is often used as a bedding base for pets cages to put with sawdust on it.
Often when the newspaper gets wet from the pets pee it is thrown away.
Gerbils will often try to chew on and pickup the newspaper to eat it.
So the question is can gerbils eat newspaper safely or not?
No, they should not be eating newspaper as it will make them sick if they were to eat too much of it.
This is different for largest rodents such as guinea pigs as they can handle it but gerbils should avoid chewing on newspapers.
Therefore it is important to consider making a gerbils bedding for their cage out of other materials then newspaper.