Photo category:
Living Museum
Vertebrates specimen collection
Natural History Museum of Crete exhibition

  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Fat-tailed Gerbil
Living Museum
Desert ecosystem

Photo of a Fat-tailed Gerbil, Pachyuromys duprasi a rodent adapted to live in dry, very hot conditions. The Fat-tailed Gerbil is the only one with a special adaptation to which it owes its name: it stores fat and water in its tail, in the same way that Camels store fat in their hump. Its pointed snout shows that it eats insects in addition to plant material.