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San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat
(Dipodomys merriami parvus)



The San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat is a light brown, large heteromyid that occurs sporadically on the Etiwanda Fan. The San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat is a race of Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat. This species is distinguished from the Dulzura Kangaroo Rat by its smaller size and the absence of the fifth toe on the hind feet. The San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat is found in alluvial fan sage scrub and coastal sage scrub in San Bernardino County. There are 19 races of Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat. The local race is the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat (D. m. parvus).

Status: D. m. parvus is a State and Federal Endangered Species
Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, alluvial fan sage scrub associated with Cajon, Santa Ana and San Jacinto washes, and the Etiwanda Fan
Diet: Seeds and some insects
Mean* adult body length: 92.2 mm
Mean* adult tail length: 137.5 mm
Mean* adult hind foot length: 32.5 mm
Mean* adult ear length: 12.5 mm

*mean measurement of individuals captured in the San Bernardino Valley by Museum researchers

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