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Which animal can survive longest without water in the desert

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CB27
840887.  Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:46 am Reply with quote

You get a klaxon if you said camel.

Camels can survive about two weeks without drinking water, but that's nothing cmopared to some species of the Kangaroo Rat, which are able to live their whole life (up to 5 years) without drinking water.

It's not to say they don't get moisture into their bodies, but their bodies are adapted to get this moisture from the seeds they eat.

Their name comes from the fact they look like a rodent and are bipedal, so they hop like a kangaroo. However, they are not related to kangaroos, and are not in the same genus or family as rats, they are more closer related to gophers and beavers than the are to rats.

 
Posital
841008.  Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:44 pm Reply with quote

Perhaps we should name some religious leader after those jumping rats... I can feel a book coming on.

On a desert-planet, far far away...

 

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