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2006-04-21 05:15:00

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Watch out Fido - your days on the force may be numbered. Out for your job are Lola and Espejo, two whiskered, red-eyed rats that police in Colombia are training to sniff out bombs and land mines. The two rodents are part of an experimental six-rat squadron that police are preparing for dangerous missions to defuse the more than 100,000 land mines that litter Colombia's countryside after four decades of war between the government and leftist rebels. Unlike dogs, rats...

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2005-01-03 09:10:00

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat. Biologists and conservationists in the Keys say the rodent needs to be eradicated, before it increases its range and harms native species that live in natural areas of the Keys. Although it is unclear how or why the rat - which can grow as big as a raccoon - was released on Grassy Key, biologists are...


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Gambian Pouched Rat, Cricetomys gambianus
2012-05-16 12:18:16

The Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), sometimes called the African giant pouch rat, is a nocturnal creature with poor eyesight. This rat can be found in the sub-Saharan areas of Africa, with a range including Senegal to Kenya and from Angola to Mozambique. Although the Gambian pouched rat has a large range, it does not appear in the Democratic Republic of the Congo most likely because Emin’s pouched rat resides there. The Gambian pouched rat prefers a habitat at anywhere between...

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2007-06-25 09:48:58

The Malagasy Giant Rat, Hypogeomys antimena, is a rodent native to the Menabe region of Madagascar. It is an endangered species due to habitat loss, reproductive habits and limited range. It is confined to an area of 12.5 square miles north of Morondava, between the rivers Tomitsy and Tsiribihina. Pairs are monogamous and females bear only one or two young per year. It is the only living species in the genus Hypogeomys.

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2007-06-25 09:47:57

The African Pouched Rat, Cricetomys emini, also known as Emin's Rat, is a large rodent in the muroid super family. It is related to the Gambian Pouched Rat. They are native to Africa and are found along the edges of forests and along the plains. Emin's rats are actually better climbers than their better known Gambian pouch rat cousins. These pouched rats are named for having cheek pouches much like a hamster. The African Pouched Rat has a distinct line of color difference between their...

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2005-06-02 10:55:54

Prairie dogs native to both North and Central America are small stout-bodied burrowing rodents with shallow cheek pouches. An average size is 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) long. In the United States prairie dogs are primarily found west of the Mississippi River, but they have been introduced into a few eastern locales. All are herbivores, and in settled regions they sometimes damage crops severely. They have been eliminated from certain areas of the Great Plains where ranchers regard them...

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