The Narrow-faced Kangaroo Rat, also known as the Santa Cruz Kangaroo Rat, occurs in central coastal California where annual rainfall is 75 cm and temperatures are moderate. It requires well-drained, deep soils and is often found on slopes where chaparral, or chaparral mixed with oak or pine, grow. This Kangaroo Rat takes advantage of abandoned farm fields, but is not found in orchards or actively cultivated areas, where plowing would destroy its burrows. Narrow-faced Kangaroo Rats make burrow networks that are simple, but that include several supplementary branches where no food is cached or nests are built. The diet is almost completely the seeds of annual plants, which are cached in summer and fall.
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Original description: Merriam, C.H., 1904. New and little known kangaroo rats of the genus Perodipus, p. 142. Proceedings of the biological society of Washington, 17:139-145.