Etiology: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a spontaneous tumor which often originates from the ventral marking gland .
Incidence: SCC is common in aged (> 2 years) male Mongolian Gerbils.
Clinical Signs: Gerbils may present with a skin ulcer on the ventral abdominal wall.
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Diagnosis: Diagnosis is made based on clinical signs and confirmed by histopathology.
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