Fat sand rat
dry, sandy deserts from Algeria to Saudi Arabia
The fat sand rat is neither fat nor a rat! It belongs to the mouse family.
It all comes down to the right food
Fat sand rats feed mostly on leaves and stems of plants from the goosefoot family, but they will also eat hay and courgettes. However if they eat too much sugary food they are prone to diabetes.
They always have two to five fat sand rats in each litter. These babies are two days old.