Meet The Long-Eared Jerboa―The Weirdest Yet Cutest Mix Of Rabbit, Mouse And Kangaroo
What do you get when you mix a mouse, a kangaroo, a monkey, a basset hound, and an antelope? You get a long-eared jerboa! Not only are long-eared jerboas cute, but they're also fierce. After adapting to harsh environments like the Gobi and Sahara deserts, these jumping rodents manage to thrive.
The Long-Eared Jerboa is a nocturnal mouse-like rodent.
They have a body length between 7 and 9 cms (2.75 - 3.5 inches), a tail length up to 16 cms (6.3 inches) and they weigh between 23 and 38 g (0.8 - 1.3 oz).
They are colored light reddish/brown with a white underside.
Their tail is long, covered in fine hairs the same colour as their body and has a black and white tuft on the end.
Their ears are extremely large, being one third longer than their head.
They have long hind legs and their feet are 4 - 4.6 cms (1.5 - 1.8 inches) in length.
The soles of their feet are covered in short, stiff hairs which help them move around over the sand. They leap over the sand with a kangaroo-like hopping gait.
The Long-Eared Jerboa is found in the deserts and semi-deserts of Mongolia and China
The Long-Eared Jerboa mainly feeds on insects.
They spend their days hidden in burrows beneath the sand and they are active at night. They are known to hibernate during the winter months.
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