Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, North American Mammals
Search the Archive

  Rodentia · Heteromyidae · Dipodomys panamintinus
   Smithsonian Institution
   Copyright Notice
   Privacy Notice
Dipodomys panamintinus

Panamint Kangaroo Rat

Order: Rodentia
Family: Heteromyidae

Image of Dipodomys panamintinus
Click to enlarge. (58 kb)

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

The Panamint Kangaroo Rat lives where vegetation includes creosote bush, cactus, yucca, juniper trees, and Joshua trees. A seed eater, this Kangaroo Rat makes particularly efficient use of its external cheek pouches, as it removes the hulls of seeds before placing them there, and therefore is able to carry more seeds per trip. It holds and manipulates seeds and other food items in its front paws, near its chest and out of eye range, before stuffing them into its cheek pouches. It does not seem to sniff the food items, relying only on its sense of touch to choose what to eat and what not to eat. Individuals live alone, and two will fight very aggressively if placed together, sometimes inflicting mortal wounds.

Also known as:
Mohave Kangaroo Rat

Sexual Dimorphism:
Males are larger than females.

Average: 292 mm males; 288 mm females

Average: 72 g


Merriam, C.H., 1894.  Preliminary descriptions of eleven new kangaroo rats of the genera Dipodomys and Perodipus, p. 114.  Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 9:109-116.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Dipodomys panamintinus

Image of Dipodomys panamintinus
Click to enlarge. (119kb)