Merriam’s kangaroo rat Rodent is a species of rodent in the family Heteromyidae. The species name commemorates Clinton Hart Merriam.
Merriam’s kangaroo rat Rodent Facts:
- Length: 7.5-10 cm (3-4 in)
- Tail:12-18.2 cm
- Weight: 32-53 g
- Social unit: Group
- Status: Least concern
Relatively large back legs and feet, for kangaroo-like hopping, and a very long, slender, tufted tail, for balance, allow Merriam’s kangaroo rat to move at speed over sandy soil in its desert habitat. The silky fur is grey above and white on the underparts, with narrow dark grey and white stripes along the flanks.
This kangaroo rat regularly has energetic dust-baths to keep its fur and skin clean. It digs, burrows, or searches for food, especially cockle- and sand burr seeds in winter, and cactus seeds in summer.