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Many types of animals eat kangaroo rats. A kangaroo rat’s fur matches the color of sand and rocks. It blends in. This makes it harder for predators to see the kangaroo rat.

A kangaroo rat’s tail drags on the ground when it moves. It leaves tracks in the sand. People can look for signs of kangaroo rats. They might see them on trails in national parks where the rats live.

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Making Connections


Would you like to see a kangaroo rat in real life? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about desert animals? How are kangaroo rats like those animals? How are they different?


Kangaroo rats live in burrows. What is another animal that lives in a burrow?

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