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Ord’s Kangaroo Rat

August 17, 2012 by  

Ord’s Kangaroo Rat, Ord’s Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii, is a kangaroo rat that is native to Western North America, specifically the Great Plains and the Great Basin with its range extending from extreme southern Canada to central Mexico.

Ord’s Kangaroo Rat has a 5th toe on its hind foot which distinguishes it from Dipodomys elator. It is bicolored with gold-brown dorsal hair and a white stomach. It has a long tail with a bushy tip, and is dark dorsally and ventrally with a white lateral stripe.

Its hind foot is modified for jumping and exceeds 35 mm in length, and its total length exceeds 240 mm. Its tail is usually less than 160 mm, distinguishing it from Dipodomys elator (which exceeds 160 mm). Though a common species in the United States, the population in Canada is considered endangered.

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