Jirds Four Ways (Meriones spp.)
These fellows represent four different jird species. Left to right: Meriones crassus or Sundevall’s jird, M. hurrianae or Indian desert jird (on all fours), M. shawi or Shaw’s jird, and M. unguiculatus or Mongolian jird. (You may know that last one, the Mongolian jird, as the domesticated gerbil.) Jirds generally live in burrows in the desert, and most of them are nocturnal (not the Mongolian jird). They get nearly all of their water from the moisture in the food they eat and the nighttime dew that’s on it, and they use their long, tufted tails to swish sand over their burrow entrances so no one else can find them and help them balance when they’re running around.
Theo drew his jird (the Mongolian one) in the style of a Yu-Gi-Oh! card.