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Ord's kangaroo rat
(Dipodomys ordii)
walrus
Description
It is a small rodent. The coloration of their long silky fur is rich and tawny on top with a scattering of black hairs along the middorsal line. They have distinct white markings which include underparts of the feet, upper lip, spots above the eyes and across the hips. They have a long dark-on-top tail with a bushy tip. Their hind feet are modified for jumping. Total length ranges from 8 to 14 inches in males, and 8 to 13 inches in females. Tail length is, on average, 5 inches in males and 4 inches females.
Dimensions
They weigh from 1.8 to 3.3 oz.
Diet
Their primarily diet is composed of seeds. These seeds are gathered in fur lined cheek pouches for transport back to their burrows for storage.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit the riverbanks and the Great Sand Hills of Saskatchewan, throughout the Kansas plains, and the deserts of the southwestern United States. They can be found in Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, California, Northwest and Western Canada.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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