They are found in dry areas of the western and southwestern U.S.
They live in deserts and rocky scrublands.
They can be up to 14 inches long (35cm), with their tail longer than their body. They are pale tan to blend in with rocks and sand. Their long tail, used for balance while hopping, ends in a tuft of hair. They have large back feet, also to aid in hopping.
Because they live in such a dry habitat they don’t sweat or pant to keep cool off, as this would waste water.
They eat seeds and grasses.
Desert predators include rattlesnake, coyote, fox, and hawk.
Females are pregnant for 32 days (gestation) and have about 3 young per litter. They have 2-3 litters per year.
They can live up to 5 years but often only survive 1 season in the wild.
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