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Desert Kangaroo Rat

About Desert Kangaroo Rat

The Desert Kangaroo Rat has very large eyes, a long tail, and extra long legs. They get their name from the way that they jump like kangaroos. The kangaroo rat can cover about 6 feet (2 m) in one jump. There are more than 20 species of kangaroo rats in the southwestern United States. Since kangaroo rats live in desert areas, they get most of their water from the plants they eat. They usually come out at night when the temperature is cooler.