Zapodidae – Jumping mice

The family of the jumping mice -why walk when you can jump? It certainly looks cooler!

Member species of this family are characterized by long hind legs that are much bigger than the front legs and a tapered tail nearly twice as long as the entire body. Grass seeds make up the bulk of their diet, although they will also consume fruit, berries, roots, and other green vegetation. Some animal foods like insects, spiders, and snails are eaten.

Because of the huge surface area of their ears, the blood that travels through them cools before returning to the body, thereby reducing the internal temperature. They have developed a useful adaption for surviving in the hot, dry climate in which they reside.