Animals,Mammals

Desert kangaroo rat (Dipodomys deserti)

The desert kangaroo rat (Dipodomys deserti) is a rodent found in desert areas of southwestern North America. It is one of the large kangaroo rats, with a total length greater than 12 inches (30 cm) and a mass greater than 3.2 oz (91 g).

Habitat:                 

Desert kangaroo rats are inhabitants of desert areas with sandy soil; vegetation is usually sparse and consists of shrubs, a variety of grasses and cacti.

Diet:

Seeds are the dominant component of the diet of desert kangaroo rats.

Location:

They tend to live exclusively in areas with loose sand, often in dune terrain.