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What animal never drinks water and still stays alive?

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October 04, 2017 10:37AM

the animal i think you are talking about is a tortoise. they can go extremely long amounts of time without water. tortoises live mostly in the desert and usually eat cactus.
Kangaroo Rat don't need to drink water.

Whales don't drink salt water. Both Kangaroo rats and whales "make their own water."

If you burn carbohydrates, you get carbon dioxide and water as waste products. If you do this as a living then you can actually recover some of this water. Very interesting stuff just google these animals and read more about it.
One animal is the Australian Koala, it only eats eucalyptus leaves from which it obtains all the moisture it needs. We are visited by a family of these delightful animals every so often.

Koalas (they aren't bears! They are marsupials).

They also get so little energy from their food that they are only awake for a few hours maximum every day.

Wikipedia says "It is commonly said that the common name 'Koala' is an Aboriginal word meaning "no drink" although there is no evidence to support this. Koalas do drink water, but only rarely, due to their diet consisting of eucalyptus leaves, which contain sufficient water to obviate the need for the Koala to descend to ground level to drink.".
In American deserts the kangaroo rat can go its entire life without drinking water. They obtain all the water they need from the food they eat.
All plants and animals need water for their survival. However, there is one creature which does not drink water in its entire life . it is the tiny kangaroo rat found in South Western deserts of the United States.

Kangaroo rats are an important part of desert life. They are often eaten by other animals for the water in their bodies! the rats can run very fast, covering 6m in 1 second, to avoid their enemies. they use their long tails as rudders (broad flat piece of wood) when jumping and can even change their course in mid-air. They move about by leaping, but with such an accuracy that they can jump over a cactus and land on top of a grass-hopper. Because of their long, powerful legs and the strong tail which resemble those of kangaroo they grow to about 38cm long, including a tail of 20cm. They have short front legs, large heads and big eyes. their silky fur is yellow or brown on the upper parts and white on the lower parts.

How does kangaroo rat survive without water? The physiological structure of desert plants and animals is such that they need very little water to survive. So efficient are the kidneys of the kangaroo rat that it never has to drink water. All the liquid it needs is extracted from the plants, roots and seeds it eats. Yet it is enough to keep the kangaroo rat alive. It lives near bushes by making holes in the ground.

The kangaroo rat's legs are proportionately very long as compared with other parts of the body . When two kangaroo rats fight , it appears as though they were fighting with sticks.
None.
All animals must drink water to live but some can survive with less than others.

written by Abbegail W.

Age 10

USA
In American deserts the kangaroo rat can go its entire life without drinking water. They obtain all the water they need from the food they eat.
All plants and animals need water for their survival. However, there is one creature which does not drink water in its entire life . it is the tiny kangaroo rat found in South Western deserts of the United States.

Kangaroo rats are an important part of desert life. They are often eaten by other animals for the water in their bodies! the rats can run very fast, covering 6m in 1 second, to avoid their enemies. they use their long tails as rudders (broad flat piece of wood) when jumping and can even change their course in mid-air. They move about by leaping, but with such an accuracy that they can jump over a cactus and land on top of a grass-hopper. Because of their long, powerful legs and the strong tail which resemble those of kangaroo they grow to about 38cm long, including a tail of 20cm. They have short front legs, large heads and big eyes. their silky fur is yellow or brown on the upper parts and white on the lower parts.

How does kangaroo rat survive without water? The physiological structure of desert plants and animals is such that they need very little water to survive. So efficient are the kidneys of the kangaroo rat that it never has to drink water. All the liquid it needs is extracted from the plants, roots and seeds it eats. Yet it is enough to keep the kangaroo rat alive. It lives near bushes by making holes in the ground.

The kangaroo rat's legs are proportionately very long as compared with other parts of the body . When two kangaroo rats fight , it appears as though they were fighting with sticks.
None.
All animals must drink water to live but some can survive with less than others.

written by Abbegail W.

Age 10

USA
Kangaroo rat
kangaroo

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September 14, 2014 2:11PM

In American deserts the kangaroo rat can go its entire life without drinking water. They obtain all the water they need from the food they eat.