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  Kangaroo rat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kangaroo rats, genus Dipodomys, are small rodents native to North and Central America.
The name derives from their bipedal form (they hop like tiny kangaroos) but the resemblance is purely visual: kangaroo rats and kangaroos are only distantly related, as both are mammals.
Kangaroo rats are found in arid and semi-arid areas of the United States and Mexico which retain some grass or other vegetation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kangaroo_rat   (475 words)

  
 Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator)
The Texas kangaroo rat is a rare rodent with habitat preferences unusual for a kangaroo rat.
The rats make trails leading to their burrows, which invariably enter the ground at the base of a small mesquite, often in such fashion that one root of the mesquite forms the top or side of the opening.
The burrow is similar to that of the Ord’s kangaroo rat, but usually it is shorter and the animal does not plug the entrances during the daytime.
www.nsrl.ttu.edu /tmot1/dipoelat.htm   (391 words)

  
 Giant Kangaroo Rat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens) is an endangered rodent species endemic to California.
It is the largest of the kangaroo rats, measuring about 15 cm (6 in.) in length, not including its long, tufted tail.
The Giant Kangaroo Rat usually mates between January and May, and gives birth to a litter of 1 to 7 babies, with an average of 3 per litter.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Giant_Kangaroo_Rat   (379 words)

  
 Kangaroo Rats (DesertUSA)
Kangaroo Rats, are adapted for survival in an arid environment.
Kangaroo Rats are unique in the animal world because nature has provided them with the ability to survive with very little water and, in the deserts, with no free water at all.
Kangaroo Rats are solitary animals with a home range of less than one-half acre; the female's home territory is usually smaller than the males.
www.desertusa.com /aug96/du_krat.html   (1204 words)

  
 Ventana Chapter - Santa Cruz kangaroo rat’s decline indicates a plant community at risk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
This effect of the kangaroo rat was documented by Jim Brown and Ed Heske in 1990 when they published the findings of their 10-year field experiment in which they excluded kangaroo rats from specific areas in the Chihuahuan desert.
These researchers discovered that absence of kangaroo rats resulted in a major change in the vegetation cover and the species composition within the exclosures (i.e., desert shrubland was converted to grassland!).
Given the fact that the Santa Cruz kangaroo rat has a narrow geographic range, specialized habitat requirements, and is known to occur only in small populations, it appears there is a high probability of its becoming extinct in the near future.
ventana.sierraclub.org /back_issues/0302/krat.shtml   (1239 words)

  
 Kangaroo rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The kangaroo rat is an attractive, bright-eyed little rodent who can go weeks, even years, without seeking water from springs or ponds, getting all the water he needs from the oxidation of his food.
Kangaroo rats live singly rather than communally, and fierce battles have been described as ensuing when a prowler is caught trying to pilfer from his neighbor's stores.
All of these kangaroo rats use their large hind legs and tail for propelling themselves as they leap about and use their smaller upper limbs primarily for gathering food and digging in the loose soil to help in clearing tunnels.
www.discoverseaz.com /Wildlife/Kangaroo_rat.html   (221 words)

  
 Desert Kangaroo Rat - Dipodomys deserti
The kangaroo rat is a very cute little critter that kind of looks like a mini kangaroo, but is as big as a mouse.It has large hind legs and feet.
The female kangaroo rat has 3 or more litters of babies a year which are born from January through June.
The kangaroo rats are not endangered, and their status in the wild is very good right now.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /kangaroo_rat.htm   (407 words)

  
 NPWRC :: Kangaroo Rat
The Ord's kangaroo rat is distinguishable from other North Dakota small mammals with its long, bushy-tipped tail and huge hind feet.
Kangaroo rats are found only in southwestern North Dakota in sandy soils.
Kangaroo rats forage for food at night and are therefore susceptible to predation by owls.
www.npwrc.usgs.gov /resource/mammals/mammals/kangaroo.htm   (401 words)

  
 kangaroo rat
There are about 20 kangaroo rat species, found throughout the arid regions of Mexico and the S and W United States.
Kangaroo rats have large, mouselike heads with big eyes, external fur-lined cheek pouches for food storage, and extremely long, tufted tails.
Kangaroo rats have long silky fur, pale brown above and white beneath, with fl and white tail tufts and fl face markings.
www.factmonster.com /ce6/sci/A0826999.html   (339 words)

  
 Ord's Kangaroo Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kangaroo rats are about the size of a gerbil, but have large, slightly bulging eyes and small hairless ears.
Pouches on either side of the kangaroo rat’s mouth are used to transport seeds to its burrow.
The kangaroo rat is just one desert creature who has made adaptations to the desert’s harsh condition and fills an important niche in the desert ecosystem.
www.stoller-eser.com /rat.htm   (480 words)

  
 k-rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The San Bernardino kangaroo rat — no relation to the kangaroo — is darker and smaller than other kangaroo rat species, with pale yellow and dusky brown fur and dark brown tail stripes, footpads and tail hairs.
In coastal southern California, the San bernardino kangaroo rat is the only species of kangaroo rat with four toes on both of its hind feet.
Kangaroo rats are small, seed-eating mammals uniquely adapted to the southwestern deserts of the United States.
www.biologicaldiversity.org /swcbd/species/krat/index.html   (872 words)

  
 Tipton Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides
The Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides) is one of three subspecies of the San Joaquin kangaroo rat, morphologically distinguished by being larger than the Fresno kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides exilis) and smaller than the short-nosed kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides brevinasus), a species of concern.
San Joaquin kangaroo rats can be distinguished from other kangaroo rats within their range by the presence of four toes on the hind foot; other species have five toes.
Kangaroo rat adaptations for two-footed hopping include elongated hind limbs, a long, tufted tail for balance, a shortened neck and a large, flattened head.
www.fws.gov /sacramento/es/animal_spp_acct/tipton_krat.htm   (810 words)

  
 Kangaroo Rat,Mammals,Kangaroo Rat Picture,Mammal Pictures,Catalog,Encyclopedia
Kangaroo rats are about 22 species of North American rodents of the genus Dipodomys, family Heteromyidae.
Kangaroo rats are stocky animals with long hind legs, short front legs, and a long tail usually tufted at the tip.
Kangaroo rats seldom or never drink, obtaining sufficient water from the breakdown of their food.
www.4to40.com /earth/geography/htm/mammalsindex.asp?counter=86   (197 words)

  
 Southern New Mexico Travel and Tourism Information: Kangaroo rats   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kangaroo rats are not rats at all; nor are they kangaroos.
Kangaroo rats are the ³desert rats² of the rodent order, superbly adapted to this arid country.
When their cheek pouches are crammed full, kangaroo rats hop back to their burrows to either store their stash or munch their meal in peace, safe from the many nighttime predators.
www.southernnewmexico.com /Articles/Wildlife/KangarooratsWildLives.html   (496 words)

  
 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Kangaroo and Wallaby
Kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, quokkas, pademelons, potoroos, rat-kangaroos, honey possums, and tree kangaroos are all macropods.
Female kangaroos, called does, and their relatives give birth to tiny, underdeveloped young that are then carried in a special pouch, called a marsupium, on the doe's body.
At the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park the tree kangaroos and wallabies are fed herbivore pellets and leaf eater biscuits, leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach, or kale, browse material such as ficus, hibiscus, or eugenia, and a half of a banana.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-kangaroo.html   (1695 words)

  
 Ord's Kangaroo Rat
The Ord’s Kangaroo Rat is one of the most widely distributed of all the kangaroo rats, but it is usually found in sandy soils.
Ord’s kangaroo rats are active most of the year but are dormant below ground in the winter in their northern range.
Kangaroo rats regularly dust bathe, or wallow, in the sandy soils, probably to protect against ectoparasites
imnh.isu.edu /digitalatlas/bio/mammal/Rod/pcktmc/okra/ordsrat.htm   (488 words)

  
 Kangaroo Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kangaroo Rats are little, seed eating rodents found only in the more arid regions of Canada, Mexico, and United States.
In California, kangaroo rats are found in the Great Basin Desert east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the hot dry valleys of central California and along the central coastline and in the southern deserts.
As mentioned earlier, the distribution of kangaroo rats in California are limited to areas that are arid and have sparse vegetation.
www.hillsborough.k12.nj.us /hhs/endspeci/Mammals/KANGARAT.HTM   (1131 words)

  
 SDNHM - Dipodomys merriami (Merriam's Kangaroo Rat)
Merriam's kangaroo rats (MKR), like other kangaroo rats and pocket mice, are members of the family Heteromyidae.
Kangaroo rats are named for their extremely long, kangaroo-like hind feet and they are almost completely bipedal.
Range: Merriam's kangaroo rats are found in the upper and lower Sonoran life zones of the southwestern United States, Baja California, and northern Mexico.
www.oceanoasis.org /fieldguide/dipo-mer.html   (756 words)

  
 Giant Kangaroo Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Giant kangaroo rats are curious and bold inhabitants of the most arid, southwestern edge of central California's San Joaquin Valley and adjacent valleys and plateaus of the Inner Coastal ranges.
Giant kangaroo rats mainly inhabit sandy-loam soils located on level and gently sloping ground vegetated with annual grasses and forbs and widely-scattered desert shrubs.
As herbaceous plants ripen, giant kangaroo rats cut the seed head and place them either in shallow, thimble-shaped pits arranged in a honey-comb pattern and covered with dirt after filling, or in densely compacted piles on the surface.
www.blm.gov /ca/bakersfield/giant_kangaroo_rat.html   (679 words)

  
 Oakland Zoo: Kangaroo Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
They have acute hearing due to an enlarged middle and inner ear; this allows the rat to hear very low-frequency sounds or vibrations, such as the sounds of an owl's wings or a snake's approach in the sand.
Some species drum their hind feet rapidly on the ground as a means of communication (different patterns are used depending on species or individual); this may function as an alarm signal against predation by snakes, but most likely serves to advertise territory and repel intruders before they get too close.
A number of kangaroo rats have very limited areas of distribution and are sensitive to habitat changes.
www.oaklandzoo.org /atoz/azrat.html   (549 words)

  
 Animal Info - San Quintin Kangaroo Rat
Kangaroo rats are nocturnal and live in burrows which they excavate.
When they are not able to do so, captive kangaroo rats develop sores on their body and their fur becomes matted from oily secretions on their back.
Kangaroo rats are usually strongly territorial, with 1 adult per burrow.
www.animalinfo.org /species/rodent/dipograv.htm   (575 words)

  
 Giant Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ingens
The giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens) is the largest of more than 20 species in the genus Dipodomys, which is in the family Heteromyidae.
The historical distribution of giant kangaroo rats encompassed a narrow band of gently sloping ground along the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley, with occasional colonies on steeper slopes and ridge tops, from the base of the Tehachapi Mountains, Kern County, in the south, to near Los Banos, Merced County, in the north.
Urban and industrial developments, petroleum and mineral exploration and extraction, new energy and water conveyance facilities, and construction of communication and transportation infrastructures continue to destroy habitat for giant kangaroo rats and increase the threats to the species by reducing and further fragmenting populations.
www.fws.gov /sacramento/es/animal_spp_acct/giant_krat.htm   (913 words)

  
 Mammals » Rodents » Rat - Ord's Kangaroo Main Page
In the wild, Ord's Kangaroo Rats are usually solitary outside of the breeding season, and defend their burrows vigorously.
Ord's Kangaroo Rats are one of the most common species of kangaroo rats and have the largest habitat.
Because Ord's Kangaroo Rats are solitary animals in the wild, it may not be a good idea to keep more than one in the same enclosure.
www.centralpets.com /animals/mammals/rodents/rod5922.html   (566 words)

  
 Animal Info - Stephens' Kangaroo Rat
Rainfall is an important factor in its ecology: densities of Stephens' kangaroo rat show 10-fold fluctuations in population density related to regional rainfall.
Stephens' kangaroo rat eats seeds and is nocturnal.
Stephens' kangaroo rat is solitary and is characterized by a
www.animalinfo.org /species/rodent/dipostep.htm   (943 words)

  
 ORDÕS KANGAROO RAT, Dipodomys ordii
To many people, the Ord’s kangaroo rat is a figment of the imagination — something children in southern Alberta conjure up when they encounter large field mice in the barn.
The Ord’s kangaroo rat is a desert rodent commonly found in the arid regions of the United States and Mexico.
Studies have shown the middle ear of the kangaroo rat is sensitive to the acoustic frequencies produced by snake strikes and owls’ flapping wings.
raysweb.net /species-ej/pages/kangaroorat.html   (1097 words)

  
 Kangaroo Rat - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Kangaroo Rat - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Rat kangaroos are small animals that resemble jumping rats.
There are four species of short-nosed rat kangaroos that are called bettongs or boodies...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Kangaroo_Rat.html   (133 words)

  
 kangaroo rat
rat - rat, name applied to various stout-bodied rodents, usually having a pointed muzzle, long slender...
The banner-tailed kangaroo rat (Dipodomys spectabilis) in West-Central New Mexico.
Interactions between predation risk and competition: a field study of kangaroo rats and snakes.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/sci/A0826999.html   (400 words)

  
 OnCampus: Researchers jump to aid of Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat is a small mammal found in the Middle Sand Hills region of southeastern Alberta and one of seven endangered species in the province.
Ord’s Kangaroo Rat is actually a desert species that is reasonably common in the western United States and Mexico, but the Alberta population has distinct characteristics that are not shared with more southern populations.
Kangaroo rats are also found in southwestern Saskatchewan, but that population is believed to be separate from Alberta’s.
www.ucalgary.ca /oncampus/weekly/may14-04/kangaroo-rat.html   (413 words)

  
 Forest Friends: Kangaroo Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
One of the most endearing of the rodent family is the Kangaroo Rat.
Kangaroo Rats live in burrows and are nocturnal.
Kangaroo Rats have long tails that help them keep their balance.
www.jeannieshouse.com /forest_friends/kangaroo_rat/kangaroo_rat.html   (220 words)

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