Giant Kangaroo Rat Habitat, Diet, Population | Endangered Species

Giant kangaroo rat are listed as endangered species due to habitat loss and use of agriculture. Known as the most endangered species in United States due to low population and area of occurrence.  They are the largest kangaroo rat in their family over 20 species. Dipodomys ingens is the scientific name belongs to Heteromyidae family and Mammalia class. As other rats have large heads and legs same as they have also large legs and large heads. Large legs help to ran fast escape away from their predators.

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Most Endangered Giant Kangaroo Rat Facts

This endangered species giant kangaroo rat endemic in California in United States. Mostly live in burrows. In summer they have start their mating season and do other activities they like. When winter starts tend to go to their burrows. Tail color is dark than body color both body and tail are buff colored but tail is more dark and belly color is white.

Kangaroo rats eat seeds and store them for future use when available. Live in both solitary and in groups. They communicate with drumming foots. They can 18 drums per second on average they do 100 drums on ground to communicate with their family members and friends. They can live around 2 to 4 years.

Listed as endangered species due to continuous loss in population and also loss of habitat due to agriculture use in urbanization and industrialization. Current population of giant kangaroo rat is decreasing. These are the major threats that get them into the list of endangered species in United States.

Conservation steps are necessary to save this species. If there are no conservation steps are taken for this species then in future they will get extinct conservation status. We can use education and awareness method to save these endangered species because most of people don’t know which species are endangered.

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