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Kangaroo Rats
Updated: 5/17/2020
Kangaroo Rats
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  • Predators
  • Kangaroo rats have adapted to their environment in the desert. These rodents can survive living in the desert without drinking any waterThey have excellent hearing and can even detect the silent sound of an owl approaching. Their large back legs enable them to jump up to 9 feet (2.75m) in one jump in order to escape predators.
  • Since they don't drink a single drop of water they get their necessary moisture from their seed diet. Kangaroo rats eat seeds from a variety of desert grasses as well as mesquite beans. On occasions, some kangaroo rats will eat green negation and some insect.
  • 5.5 inches
  • Unfortunately for the kangaroo rat, it has many predators. There are many creatures out there who would like to make a tasty meal out of this small creature. Owls, snakes, bobcats, foxes, badgers, coyotes, ringtail, and your cat or dog are just a few.
  • Kangaroo rats generally live in underground burrows which they have excavated themselves. Often times the burrow is at the base of a shrub or bush. It spends most of its day underground sleeping, and comes out to feed at night when it is cooler.
  • Depending on the subspecies, kangaroo rats can weigh up to 4.5 ounces (128 g). Their body length can be 3.5 to 5.5 inches (8 -14 cm) and their tail can be 5.5 to 6.5 inches long (14-16 cm) almost as long as their body.
  • 6.5 inches
  • Some interesting facts about Kangaroo rats are that their are only about 20 known species, they are very good jumpers, these rodents don't sweat to conserve water, they have pouches in their mouth to hold food. But \ think is most amazing is that they have very good hearing to avoid predators and can even hear the beat of a owls heart.
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