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Kangaroo Rat Facts

Tipton Kangaroo Rat in the wild
Tipton Kangaroo Rat

Introduction - Kangaroo Rat

The kangaroo rat is a small rodent, native to North America, who is part of the genus Dipodomys. What makes this desert animal species unique is hinted at in the name. When they hop on their back feet, they look very similar to a kangaroo. Most of the 23 species of kangaroo rats can be found in California (including the Banner-tailed and merriam's kangaroo rat) and in other areas where it is hot and dry. Reasons why they can live in a desert-like environment are due to several special adaptations mentioned in the list of facts below.

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Kangaroo Rat General Facts

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