| As the land where it lives has been turned into farmland, the San Quintin Kangaroo Rat has all but disappeared from its range on the Pacific coast of Baja California. Where it can, this relatively large kangaroo rat occupies coastal scrub and desert scrub habitat. It digs burrow systems and uses the burrows to rest during the day and to store food. In the northern part of its range, burrows have been found with about four openings, containing three or more nests. Farther south, they usually have one or two entrances and one or two nests. Young have been seen almost year-round, with apparent birth peaks in winter and spring. As with all kangaroo rats, the fur of juveniles is softer and grayer in color than that of adult animals. Adult San Quintin Kangaroo Rats have dark tufts at the ends of their tails and extra-large hind feet.
Total Length: males: 299-312; females 296-310mm; Tail: males: 168-180mm; females, 170-180 mm
Males 81.3 to 90.6; females: 78.9 to 85.1 (2 different locations)
Huey, 1925. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 38:83.
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