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JUMPING AND DODGING
The long-eared jerboa relies on its incredible jumping abilities to dodge birds of prey and other predators when it’s out foraging. Jerboas can also rapidly hop sideways to fake out and confuse their predators.
Range Southern Mongolia to northwest China
Size Body and head: 2.75"–3.5"; tail: 6"–6.4"
Diet Consists almost entirely of insects
Threats Human disturbance from livestock grazing and presence of domestic cats; drought
Habitat Many jerboa species live in desert areas near oases or valleys. They forage for food in open areas with sparse vegetation—often to avoid competing with gerbils, which live in many of the same areas but prefer heavier vegetation.
Species The long-eared jerboa is one of 33 jerboa species that are found from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula to Asia.
Vertical reach Scientists haven’t determined exactly how high this particular jerboa species can jump, but some jerboas can leap up to six feet.