Saturday, October 11, 2014

Creature Feature 357: Jerboa

The diminutive Jerboa makes her home in the arid deserts of Northern Africa and Asia. Here she leads a nocturnal lifestyle, venturing out from her burrow at night to forage. She follows a vegetarian diet, but will partake of the occasional insect. Her large ears serve several purposes: they help to shed excess heat and  allow superb hearing. If danger threatens she will run, taking long leaps with her kangaroo-like hind legs. She can reach speeds up to 25 km/h. Her tail acts as a stabiliser, balancing her as she runs, and also props her upright when she is at rest.

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