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2009-09-07 09:21:48

Scientists say they have discovered a heretofore unknown species of 32 inch-long giant rat within the jungles of Papua New Guinea. The giant rat, among the largest ever discovered, has no fear of humans and was found by an expedition team filming a BBC documentary titled Lost Land of the Volcano, the British broadcaster reported Monday. Expedition members reported the new rat species, which has not yet been named, is believed to live only within the Mount Bosavi crater. This is one of the...

2009-08-24 18:57:01

Rat Island, Alaska, may get its Aleut name back now that the rats for which it was named seem to be gone, scientists from a polar marine program said. A $3 million eradication program appears to have rid the island of rats for the first time since the late 1700s, said Steve MacLean, polar marine program director for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska, one of the partners in the eradication program. A year ago, crews dropped 700 pounds of poison-laced pellets on the island, McClatchy Newspapers...

2009-08-18 00:48:13

Exercise is always being advised for good health but a study in rats found extreme exercise may be physically addicting, U.S.

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2009-06-13 12:50:33

Alaska's Rat Island is finally rat-free, after a Japanese shipwreck spilled rampaging rodents onto the island 229 years ago, decimating the local bird population.

2009-06-08 13:20:11

In what could be a breakthrough in animal breeding, a team of scientists from Germany, Russia and Sweden have discovered a set of genetic regions responsible for animal tameness.

2009-05-31 00:24:12

New York officials say complaints about rats are down overall this year, but residents of the West Village say they're having a rough time with the vermin. Some residents of the area -- which is home to many celebrities -- have told Fox 5 TV rats are overrunning the neighborhood.

2009-05-27 16:40:32

Johns Hopkins scientists in Baltimore say they've found inner city rats, though appearing to roam freely, form distinct neighborhoods which they rarely leave. The researchers from the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health studied nearly 300 Wild Norway rats -- also called wharf rats, sewer rats or brown rats -- that they trapped from 11 residential areas of the city.

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2009-05-26 09:34:45

In the rat race of life, one thing is certain: there’s no place like home.

2009-05-15 11:56:39

Britain's poison-resistant rat population has risen to an estimated 80 million -- an increase of more than 200 percent since 2007, scientists said. Genetic mutations have produced super rats with DNA that protects against common pesticides, said Robert Smith, a researcher at the University of Huddersfield. Natural selection means that when you have a rat population in your town, poison will kill the ones that aren't resistant, the ones that survive may have the gene, they then have babies who...

2009-05-13 11:35:03

Improving the environment in which rats are reared can significantly strengthen the physiological process of wound healing, according to a report in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. Researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Shriners Burns Hospital found that giving rats living in isolation the opportunity to build nests led to faster and more complete healing of burn injuries than was seen in...


Latest Old World rats and mice Reference Libraries

Striped Field Mouse, Apodemus agrarius
2012-07-27 12:43:51

The striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius) has a range that extends from Eastern Europe to Japan, and includes Siberia and Taiwan. It prefers a habitat within cornfields and other agricultural fields or human populated areas, and forests. It has many synonyms, or other names, including Apodemus albostriatus given by Bechstein in 1801 and Apodemus volgensis given by Kuznetzov in 1944. This mouse can reach an average body length of up to 4.9 inches, with a tail length of up to 3.5 inches...

Armored Rat, Hoplomys gymnurus
2012-07-17 14:40:46

The armored rat (Hoplomys gymnurus) is the only species within the Hoplomys genus. It is native to Latin America, with a range that extends from northern Honduras into northwestern Ecuador. It prefers a habitat at altitudes of up to 2,600 feet. It resides in burrows that can be up to 6.6 feet in length, and these burrows are typically located near a water source. The armored rat bears spines across its back, resembling a porcupine, and indeed, they are more related to the porcupine than...

Barbary Striped Grass Mouse, Lemniscomys barbarous
2012-06-25 17:15:04

The Barbary striped grass mouse (Lemniscomys barbarous) is native to northwest Africa. Its range includes Algeria, Tunisia, and coastal Morocco. It was thought that this range also included Sub-Saharan Africa, although the populations occurring here are now considered a distinct species known as Heuglin's Striped Grass Mouse. Along with Heuglin's and Hoogstral's Striped Grass Mouse, the Barbary striped grass mouse bears fur that is both darkly and lightly striped, while most other members...

Sand Rat, Psammomys obesus
2012-06-20 16:14:18

The sand rat (Psammomys obesus), also known as the fat sand rat, is found in North Africa, as well as the Middle East. Its range extended from Mauritania to the Arabian Peninsula. It prefers habitats within sandy deserts, but it can be found within saline marsh areas and areas with rocky ground. It will burrow under vegetation like saltbushes, where rats can often be found foraging. There are many medical uses for the sand rat. Because of their tendency to get diabetes mellitus when fed a...

Maned Rat, Lophiomys imhausi
2012-05-23 13:57:55

The maned rat (Lophiomys imhausi), also known as the crested rat, has a range that includes Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. It prefers a habitat located in highland forests and woodlands in these areas, while in Somalia and Ethiopia it prefers to reside in areas nearly at sea level. These rats will nest in hollow tree trunks or rocky areas, as well as within cliff-faces. The maned rat can reach a length of up to twenty-one inches, including the tail. The soft undercoat of...

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