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Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens)
Giant Kangaroo Rat
Photograph by George Harrison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain. (view image details)
GIANT KANGAROO RAT FACTSDescription
The Giant Kangaroo Rat is listed as an endangered species. The largest of the kangaroo rats, it has brown fur with a white stripe across the hindquarters, and a white underside. The tail is dark colored on the top and bottom with white lines on each side. They use their strong hind legs for hopping.
Body length 15cm -20cm. Tail: 18cm - 21cm
Scrub desert. Prefers areas with soft sandy soil covered with annual grasses and herbs. Giant kangaroo rats live in circular burrow systems called precincts. Colonies usually have 5 to 50 precincts.
seeds, grain, native desert plants.
One to six young are born in a burrow after gestation period of 28 - 32 days. The young are weaned after 15 - 25 days. Giant Kangaroo Rats can live up to 10 years.
limited to central California
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "critically endangered".