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Kangaroo Rat
(Genus: Dipodomys)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Eutheria
Family: Rodentia
Genus: Dipodomys
IUCN Status:
Least Concern to
Critically Endangered
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Located

    The Kangaroo Rat is found in North America, with a large
    percentage living in the desert regions of Southwestern
    United States and parts of Mexico.  The region which
    they live in is dependent on the species of rat.

Diet

    Kangaroo Rats feed mostly on grass seeds, but will also
    eat leaves, stems and sometimes fruit if available.  They
    have pouches on the sides of their mouths that can be
    used for carrying food.

Habitat

    The habitat of the Kangaroo Rat differs depending on the
    area of North America that it lives.  They tend to live in
    arid, open areas and only go out at night when the
    temperatures are cooler.

Size

    Approximate weight of a Kangaroo Rat:
    1.25 oz - 6.25 oz.
    Approximate height of a Kangaroo Rat:.
    Length can be from 4 - 16 inches depending on age and
    species but usually are from 10 - 13 inches.

Reproduction

    Kangaroo Rats can have as many as 3 litters of about 2 -
    5 young per year.