Dark Kangaroo Mouse

Dimensioned collection of scaled drawings of the Dark Kangaroo Mouse in various poses

The Dark Kangaroo Mouse, a close relative to the kangaroo rat, refers to one of two species of leaping or jumping mouse (pale or dark). Both the pale (Microdipodops pallidus) and dark (Microdipodops megacephalus) kangaroo mice are native to the sandy deserts of the western United States.

Moving bipedally, the kangaroo mouse has tiny front legs, big hindlegs, and tails which are used to maintain balance. It does not need to drink water and is able to meet its nutrient needs from food alone. More so, the kangaroo mouse will collect its food, carry it in its cheeks, and store it in burrows rather than consuming immediately.

Scaled drawing of the Dark Kangaroo Mouse jumping

Dark Kangaroo Mouses have a height of 1.8”-2” (4.5-5 cm), body length between 2.75”-3.1” (7-8 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .35-.6 oz (10-17 g). The tail length of a Dark Kangaroo Mouse is 2.75”-3.93” (7-10 cm). Dark Kangaroo Mouses have a typical lifespan of 2-3 years in the wild and 4-5 years in captivity.

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Height: 
1.8”-2” | 4.5-5 cm
Width:
Depth:
Length:
2.75”-3.1” | 7-8 cm
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Weight:
.35-.6 oz | 10-17 g
Tail Length:
2.75”-3.93” | 7-10 cm
Scientific Name:
Microdipodops megacephalus
Lifespan:
2-3 years (wild); 4-5 years (captivity)

Properties

Drawings include:

Dark Kangaroo Mouse side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (jumping)

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