Jerboa

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Jerboa
Temporal range: Middle Miocene - Recent
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Dipodidae

A jerboa is a small desert rodent of Asia and Northern Africa.[1] It looks like a mouse, but it has a long tail and very long back legs. The jerboa moves by jumping. Jerboas have long tails, long hind legs, and short front legs. They tend to live in hot deserts.[1]

When they are being chased, jerboas can run up to 24 kilometers per hour.[1] Some jerboa species are preyed on by little owls in central Asia. Most species of jerboas have very good hearing. Their hearing helps them avoid being attacked by predators.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Burton, Maurice; Burton, Robert (1970). The International Wildlife Encyclopedia. Marshall Cavendish. p. 1323. ISBN 978-0-7614-7266-7.
  2. Swanson, Nicole (2007). "Euchoreutes naso". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 2 March 2022.