Habitat of the kangaroo rat
Habitat of the kangaroo rat
 
 
Drawing of a kangaroo rat jumping
Drawing of a kangaroo rat jumping
 
 
Close-up of a kangaroo rat eating
Close-up of a kangaroo rat eating
 
 
Notice the long tail of the kangaroo rat
Notice the long tail of the kangaroo rat
 
 
A kangaroo rat leaving its burrow
A kangaroo rat leaving its burrow
 
 
An adult kangaroo rat
An adult kangaroo rat
 
 
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Kangaroo Rat
Topic(s):   Chaparral Animals, Desert Life, Endangered Animals, Mammals, Savanna Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Habitat desert, chaparral, savanna
Diet seeds
Male buck
Female doe
Baby pup
Group hoarde
Predators snakes
Endangered yes; loss of habitat

A kangaroo rat is a rodent that hops. It lives in the dry areas of the United States and Mexico.

From head to tail, this animal is about 12 inches (about 30 centimeters) long. It has big black eyes and light brown fur. Its chest and stomach is white. The kangaroo rat has big ears for its size and strong back legs. The kangaroo rat digs burrows and hides in them. The kangaroo rat is busy at night. During the day, it rests in its burrow.

A kangaroo rat can travel long distances. Its long legs help it to jump far and land without sinking into the sand. As it hops, its tail helps with balance. The animal looks like a small kangaroo.

The trips at night are to search for food. With the kangaroo ratís front feet, it stuffs the pouches on the side of its face. These pouches are lined with fur and can hold a good amount of food. When it returns to its burrow, it eats its meal. The kangaroo rat can live its whole life without drinking water!

Citation information

Morgan, S. K. (ed.). (2009). Kangaroo Rat. Facts4Me at http://www.facts4me.com

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