Native to Australia
, this endearing desert dwelling rodent
is known to drink its own urine
or in some cases eat its own crystallised urine. Well equipped for the outback environment, Tarrkawarras or "Desert Hopping Mice" as they are more commonly known by, have an elongated loop of henle within the kidneys in order to maintain
its internal water balance.
Sadly, due to habitation loss and the introduction of pests, the species is becoming endangered. Average
lifespan around seven years, average
litter size 2-3 Tarrks.
"Woah, did you know
there is a Tarrkawarra living in K-town?"
"Yeah, fed it some grain before"
"Did it hop away on its elongated hind legs?"
"Sure did, right back into its burrow"