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Kangaroo Rats are small, hopping rodents that are not closely related to kangaroos. There are over 20 types of Kangaroo Rats; they live in deserts and other dry regions in western North America.

These mammals have powerful hind legs which they use to hop, dig burrows and protect themselves from predators (like rattlesnakes). Kangaroo Rats are nocturnal; they are most active at night and spend the hot days in their burrows.

Anatomy: Kangaroo Rats range in size from 9 to 16 inches (23-41 cm) long (including the very long tail). They have very big hind feet, which keep them from sinking into the sand in their desert environment.

Diet: Kangaroo Rats eat mostly seeds. They need very little water; moisture is obtained from their food. They have fur-lined pouches on the sides of their face; they use the pouches to carry food to their burrow.

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