Animal Discovery - Jeroba

Jerboa (jer·boa)


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Meet the Jerboa, the little jumping rodent indigenous in Northern Africa and Asia to Northern China. Depending on where exactly they live, they sport either large ears or small ears. Being nocturnal, their large ears aid in hearing in the dark and living in mostly desert climates, the overly large ears also help them remain cool. 


Their tiny mouse-like bodies measure in at about 5 to 15 cm and weigh only a mere few ounces. Their tail is longer than their bodies and used for balance while on their hind kangaroo-like legs. The strong hind legs can leap them upwards at about 6-8 feet.






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These little rodents are known foragers, scoping out vegetation and insects in the night. They are more often solitary animals that reside in burrows that reach about 5-8 feet underground during the heat of the day. Breeding usually happens 2-3 times per year and the creatures survive for about 6 years in the wild. 






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Their fur does provide camouflage, ranging in beige, yellows, and browns to match the color of the sand around them. The nose of a Jeroba has a flap of skin to keep out sand particles and the ears are lined with furs for the same reason.