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Desert Kangaroo Rat

(Dipodomys deserti)

The Desert Kangaroo Rat is a rodent species in the family Heteromyidae that is found in desert areas of southwestern North America. Desert kangaroo rats are denizens of desert areas with sandy soil; vegetation is typically sparse and consists of creosote bush, a variety of grasses, and cacti. Desert kangaroo rats live in burrow systems under slight mounds of soil 6-9m across; they sleep in a den, which is sealed off at extreme temperatures, during the day. Groups of 6-12 widely spaced burrows may constitute a colony of this species, which is otherwise solitary.