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Ord's Kangaroo Rat

CONSERVATION STATUS : LEAST CONCERN
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Rodentia
Genus & Species: Dipodomys ordii  
Family: Heteromyidae

Status:

Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

The most widespread and common of all kangaroo rats. They are found through much of western North America from Saskatchewan to Mexico.

Habitat:

Arid climates with sparse vegetation covering sandy ground.

Activity:

Nocturnal.

Diet:

Primarily seeds which are gathered in fur-lined cheek pouches for transport back to their burrows for storage. In summer, they also feed on grasshoppers and moths. They forage up to 25 yards from their burrow entrance. Water retention is very efficient; they use the water produced from metabolism for their bodily requirements. As a result, they have very little need for water consumption and will only drink water when absolutely necessary.