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Pachyuromys duprasi
Temporal range: Recent
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Gerbillinae
Genus: Pachyuromys
Lataste, 1881
Binomial name
Pachyuromys duprasi
A male and a female fat-tailed gerbil

The fat-tailed Gerbil is Pachyuromys duprasi, a species of gerbil. Its tail becomes fatter when it eats something. Then it uses it when food becomes scarce. They can live 5 to 7 years in captivity. It is from Africa.

They can survive a long time without drinking because they are adapted to a dry climate.

They bury themselves under the sand until night so that there are not as many predators that will attack them.