Jerboas are usually omnivores. They eat seeds, grains, roots, sprouts, and cultivated
vegetables. But they'd better watch out! Bedouin farmers sometimes catch and eat
jerboas that become pests to their crops. Jerboas get most of the water they need
from the plants they eat. When they do need some water, they simply scoop up a drop
with their paws and lick it off.
The Four-Toed Jerboa (Allactaga tetradactyla) is an endangered species, but they
can be found in the coastal plains of northern Egypt. They have long ears, long hind
legs to help them jump, and short front legs. Watch the video below for a glimpse
of another endangered jumper - the Long-Eared Jerboa. These rodents live in the deserts
of China and Mongolia.
Video: Long-eared Jerboa: extraordinary desert creature from YouTube.com
Egypt’s Biodiversity:Discover the mammals, including the Lesser Egyptian Jerboa,
and other wildlife found in Egypt. You can also view maps of the various habitats
and protected areas of Egypt.