Alphabet Challenge :: J :: Jerboa

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Look at how freakin’ cute this thing is. Pictured is a Long-eared Jerboa.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Superfamily: Dipodoidea
  • Family: Dipodidae
  • 10 Genera in 5 subfamilies

This nocturnal mammal is listed endangered on the IUCN Red List. They are a desert animal with one of the largest ear-to-body ratios. No doubt this helps them dissipate heat in their environment. Jerboas get around by hopping and feed on insects and plants. Unlike other small mammals, such as those we might keep as pets, they do not store a food cache. Their tail can be longer than their head and body and is used both for balance and propping itself upright. Since not a lot is known about them due to the difficulty of studying them, looking at the species within the family suggests that their reproductive strategy may be polygynous. Jerboas live about 2-3 years, and have 2 or 3 litters a year consisting of 2-6 young.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Mysterious mammal caught on film.

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