| Scattered, low, dome-shaped mounds are a clue to the presence of Nelson’s Kangaroo Rats. The mounds they construct are often honeycombed with tunnels. When a scientist stepped on one of the tunnels, flattening it, the rats repaired it overnight. Nelson's are among the largest kangaroo rats, and males are larger and heavier than females, and have longer tails. They are found in grassy plains and desert mountains, and eat cactus and other desert plants. Usually just two kangaroo rats live in each burrow.
Total Length: 308.1 mm; Tail: 180.1 mm
Merriam, C.H., 1907. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 20:75.
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