The sand fly is harboured by the fat sand
rat and is extremely resistant to traditional poisons and Rentokil said a specific strategy was needed to combat its spread.
Please meet a cool creature known as the fat sand rat.
Fat sand rats live in undergound burrows in the deserts of Israel and other countries in the Middle East.
Sometimes all the excitement attracts a female fat sand rat (right).
Kam and Degen (1988) estimated that adult fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus) required 242.
Water, electrolyte and nitrogen balances of fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus) when consuming saltbush, Atriplex balimus.
The genotypes in group F were isolated from 6 animal species: large Egyptian gerbils, fat-tailed gerbils, fat sand rats (Psammomys obesus), lesser Egyptian jerboas, greater Egyptian jerboas, and bushy-tailed jirds; those in genogroup G were isolated from a bushy-tailed jird and a large Egyptian gerbil (Figure).
In contrast, strains with identical gltA sequences were isolated from 2 different animal species, such as greater Egyptian jerboas and lesser Egyptian jerboas, Siberian chipmunks and Hokkaido squirrels, and fat-tailed gerbils and fat sand rats.