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Fat sand rat

Psammomys obesus

CHARACTERISTICS

Family
Murids

Habitat
dry, sandy deserts from Algeria to Saudi Arabia

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

Misleading Name

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.

Conservation status