The background photo is kangaroo rat habitat in Afton Canyon, California
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KANGAROO RATS
Can there really be a creature in the United States that hops around on its big hind feet, has a long tail and pouches? YES!!! And it is obvious why it might be named after a Kangaroo.
Kangaroo Rats live almost entirely underground in burrows, coming out only for a short time after dark. Most live in the desert around scrub and bushes that provide seeds for food.
Unlike real kangaroos, their pouches are in their cheeks. These rats gather seeds and store them in the pouches until they return to their burrows.
Believe it or not, kangaroo rats almost never drink water. They get water by a metabolic process and the moisture in their food. They have extremely concentrated urine so that they can further conserve water.
The Merriam's kangaroo rat is about 14 inches long to the tip of it's tail. Just like a real kangaroo, these rats use their long tails to balance when they hop around.
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The background photo is kangaroo rat habitat in Afton Canyon, California
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