One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seed-eating hopping rodent with large cheek pouches and long hind legs, found from Canada to Mexico.
Genus Dipodomys, family Heteromyidae: several species
- ‘The region eventually became the ground for bitter battles as species such as the coastal California gnatcatcher and the Stephens' kangaroo rat threatened to halt big-ticket development plans.’
- ‘Her research on the banner-tailed kangaroo rat, a rodent that lives in the desert southwest of the United States, shows evidence of foot-drumming used to communicate territorial ownership.’
- ‘Because many desert rodents that footdrum, such as kangaroo rats, inhabit open habitats and tend to forage in areas with little cover, locomotion for escape is well developed.’
- ‘Randall and Matocq showed that gopher snakes respond to footdrumming of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat.’
- ‘The kangaroo rat has long hind legs on which it hops - a bit like its Australian namesake in miniature.’
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