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There are 24 species of Kangaroo Rat - which did you have in mind? The San Bernadino Merriam's Kangaroo Rats are endangered, thus you may need a permit to keep, breed, etc. I have listed below more information on this species of kangaroo rat, as well as on the banner-tailed kangaroo rat, and have listed other links (that describe other species) for your review: The banner-tailed kangaroo rat perfers to live in areas of open ground.
The San Bernadino Merriam's Kangaroo Rat:
Other Common Names: San Bernadino Merriam's Kangaroo Rat
Scientific Name: Dipodomys merriami parvus (Full Taxonomy)
Origin or Range: California
Relative Size: Smaller Than Average (as compared to other rodents)
Average Lifespan: ??? year(s)
Compatibility: Average (as compared to other rodents)
Category: Mammals » Rodents
The San Bernadino Kangaroo Rat is, sadly, only one of the endangered species of Kangaroo Rats. These animals, which can only be described as adorable, are environmentally useful in addition to being fun to observe in the wild. It would truly be a tragedy if they were to disappear forever.
Specially adapted to survive in hot environments, San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats are able to obtain much of their water requirements from their foods! They need very little water and rarely drink. They do not sweat, but stay underground to keep cool. Although San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats often eat seeds, they may also eat insects and green vegetation, depending on the seasonal availability of foods. They store seeds in their burrows, in compressed piles or in honeycomb-like pit systems. When San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats are in motion, they hop like kangaroos! Their tails are used as rudders, and kangaroo rats can change the direction they are moving in even in mid-air!
The San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats is the only coastal, southern California species of Kangaroo Rat that has four toes on each of its hind feet! Dark brown footpads are also present on all its feet. The tuft of hair on the end of its tail is dark brown, and it is striped with dark brown hair throughout its length. Most of the fur covering the San Bernadino Kangaroo Rat is a dark, dull yellow-brown color.
San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats are endangered because they have lost much of their habitats. They were placed on the United States of America's endangered list permanently in 1998. San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats are only found in the Riverside and San Bernadino counties of California. Although their habitat, known as alluvial sage scrub, once comprised 326,000 acres, it had been reduced to 28,000 acres by the 1930s. Today, San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats only occupy about 3,250 acres of their original range.
Because San Bernadino Kangaroo Rats are endangered, you may need a permit to keep, breed, or sell them. They should be kept in a substrate that allows for extensive burrowing, and should be fed vegetation, seeds, and occasionally insects.
There is currently no special breeding information in our databases for this animal. To submit breeding / propagation information that is specific to this animal please click here.
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Banner Tailed Kangaroo Rat:
Animal Planet :: Corwin's Carnival of Creatures (Banner Tailed)
Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Giant kangaroo rat - Dipodomys ingens: More Information - ARKive
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