Lesser Egyptian jerboa

This ‘mini kangaroo’ leaps up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in a single jump, thanks to its incredibly large hind legs

Guy Haimovitch

Lesser Egyptian jerboa is a small rodent with a stubby snout and a pair of large eyes and ears. They have pale or dark sandy fur and gradually become paler undersides. They also have an extremely long tail for balancing when they jump. Interestingly, they do not need to drink to survive in the desert by relying on its diets, such as seeds, succulent plants, desert grasses, and insects, to fulfill their water requirements.

They lived in burrows with complex structures, often with numerous entrances and exits, hibernation chambers, storage chambers, and a bottom-most nesting chamber. The entrances and exits can be sealed with sand to prevent heat from entering and moisture from escaping the burrow during summer to maintain a comfortable shelter.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Iran
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kuwait
2016
Libya
2016
Mali
2016
Mauritania
2016
Morocco
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Oman
2016
Qatar
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Somalia
2016
Sudan
2016
Syria
2016
Tunisia
2016
UAE
2016
Yemen
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No