IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The Panamint Kangaroo Rat lives where vegetation includes creosote bush, cactus, yucca, juniper trees, and Joshua trees. A seed eater, this Kangaroo Rat makes particularly efficient use of its external cheek pouches, as it removes the hulls of seeds before placing them there, and therefore is able to carry more seeds per trip. It holds and manipulates seeds and other food items in its front paws, near its chest and out of eye range, before stuffing them into its cheek pouches. It does not seem to sniff the food items, relying only on its sense of touch to choose what to eat and what not to eat. Individuals live alone, and two will fight very aggressively if placed together, sometimes inflicting mortal wounds.

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