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Lesser Egyptian Jerboa
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Information
Common Name coronados Island woodrat
Range Middle East
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Dipodidae
Genus Jaculus
Species Neotoma bunkeri
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Lesser egyptian jerboa (الجربوع, Jaculus jaculus), is a small rodent of Africa and the Middle East. Its diet consists of seeds and grasses, however the Jerboa needs very little water to survive.

This small rodent is sometimes likened to a tiny kangaroo due to its incredibly large hind legs, and hopping form of locomotion. The lesser Egyptian jerboa has three toes on each of its hind feet and a very long tail, used for balance when jumping. It has large eyes and ears and a rather stubby snout, and its coat is a pale or dark sandy colour with a paler underside.

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