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The Desert Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys deserti, is a rodent species in the family Heteromyidae that is found in desert areas of southwestern North America. It is one of the large kangaroo rats, with a total length greater than 12 inches (30cm) and a mass greater than 3.2oz (91g).
Desert Kangaroo Rats are denizens of desert areas with sandy soil; vegetation is typically sparse and consists of creosote bush, a variety of grasses, and cacti.; they sleep in a den, which is sealed off at extreme temperatures, during the day. Groups of 6-12 widely-spaced burrows may constitute a colony of this species, which is otherwise solitary.