Unlike most animals, these desert rodents do not sweat to stay cool. Their bodies have adapted to their hot environment. To keep cool they sleep in their cool underground burrows through the heat of the day. Appearing at or near sundown for the first time each day and disappearing as the sun brings a warm orange glow to the sky.
To help maintain the moisture in their body, sleeping kangaroo rats push their tiny noses into a crook in their front legs. This keeps some of their exhaled body moisture in close proximity to their nose and reduces moisture lost through breathing.
Kangaroo rats kept in captivity have been known to develop sores on their body if they were not given loose dirt in which to take dust baths. The dust must help keep their perspiration free skin clean of harmful bacteria. Kingdom: Animalia
Species: The 5 Baja Peninsula species are below
Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat
The agile Kangaroo rat
San Quintin Kangaroo Rat – endangered
San Jose Island Kangaroo Rat – critically
The Dulzura kangaroo rat or San Diego kangaroo rat