Pygmy Jerboa The Smallest Rodent in the World
What is a pygmy Jerboa and why are they so popular on the Internet right now.
If you've never heard of a pygmy Jerboa, you aren't the only one. Most people hadn't heard of this small animal until they started popping up on Youtube and other video sites all over the web.
Why are they so popular?
Humans by nature like small furry animals with big eyes. The fact that this is the smallest rodent in the world, doesn't hurt any either. More and more people have started keeping rodents as pets. Rats, gerbils, hamsters and mice are just a few of the rodents people love to have as pets.
Where are Pygmy Jerboas found?
According to ABC News , ""Generally, you find hopping animals in deserts," said Voss. "There's not a lot of overgrowth, so they don't bump into things. Hopping is a very energy-efficient way of avoiding predators." The pygmy jerboa is native to Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it has cousins living from the Sahara Desert to Kazakhstan."
While you can find rodents in nearly every part of the world, these little creatures are found far from the U.S. Some people have adopted them and made them pets, but these are not domesticated animals, they are wild and should stay that way.
How big are Pygmy Jerboas?
Most Pygmy jerboas are about one inch long, not including the tail and weight only about 3 grams. That's very small and why they are called the smallest rodent in the world. They live in burrows and are nocturnal, which means they mainly come out at night.
Most Jerboas are omnivores, meaning they eat anything from insects to plants. They get most of their water from the foods they consume.
Where can I get a pygmy Jerboa?
If you live in Pakistan or Afghanistan or close to the Sahara Desert, they would probably be easy to find. But if you are like me and live in the U.S. you are not likely to find these animals in your neighborhood pet store.
Let's not forget these are wild animals and should stay wild. They are considered vulnerable, but not on the endangered species list. It's better to see wild animals, in the wild and not try to bring them home as a pet.
Not only is it bad for the animals but if you get an animal for a young child and the child decides they no longer want the animal and you as a parent don't want to take care of it any longer, what are most parents going to do with an animal that is so small?
A lot of people would think there's no harm in just letting it go free somewhere, like a park or grassy area. They are so small what impact could such an animal have, right?
Wrong. It's things just like that happening that have led to some places getting over run by non-native species of animals and some law makers are seeking to make it harder to get non-native species of animals because of that.