The Lesser Egyptian Jerboa Rodent is a small rodent of Africa and the Middle East. Its diet consists mainly of seeds and grasses, however the Jerboa needs very little water to survive. Well adapted for desert sand, this Lesser Egyptian Jerboa Rodent has very long hind legs, each with 3 toes on a pad of hairs.
It hops at speed, balancing with its very long tail, which has a black band near the fluffy white tip. The Lesser Egyptian Jerboa Rodent fur is brown-orange on the back, grey-orange along the sides, and white below with a whitish hip band.
Lesser Egyptian Jerboa Rodent Facts:
- Length: 10-12 cm
- Tail: 16-20 cm
- Weight: 45-75 g
- Social unit: Individual
- Status: Least concern
The lesser Egyptian jerboa feeds at night on seeds, roots, and leaves. By day, it plugs the entrances to its burrow to keep out the heat, predators, and other animals.