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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...

Jamaican Rice Rat Oryzomys antillarum
2012-07-04 11:09:29

The Jamaican rice rat (Oryzomys antillarum) is an extinct species of rodent that was once found in Jamaica. This rat is thought to have been a divergence of O. couesi, which can be found in mainland Central America. It is thought that this rat went extinct in the late 19th century due to habitat destruction and by predation and competition from introduced species like the mongoose and the brown...

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...

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...

Greater Cane Rat Thryonomys swinderianus
2012-05-16 12:22:36

The greater cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of two species of cane rats found in Africa. They prefer to reside in reed beds or riverbanks south of the Saharan Desert. They have adapted well to urbanization and will also live on plantations. The nocturnal greater cane rat lives in small groups that are led by one alpha male and will make their burrows underground or in grasses. The...

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...

Merriams Kangaroo Rat Dipodomys merriami
2012-04-23 06:44:11

Merriam’s kangaroo rat, named after Clinton Hart Merriam , is a small rodent (about fourteen inches long) that has a pouch lined with fur that serves as food storage. These rats use their cheek pouches for convenient food storage when foraging. The kangaroo rat is named so because of their extremely long feet, similar to those of an actual kangaroo.  Like a kangaroo, this rat will hop or...

Hispid Cotton Rat
2008-05-05 23:37:01

The Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus), is a rodent species long thought to occur in parts of South America, Central America, and southern North America. However, three distinct subspecies have been recognized throughout the range. The northern species meets the central species near the Rio Grande River. The central race meets the southern species near Chiapas in South America.

Black Rat
2007-10-24 12:45:46

The Black Rat (Rattus rattus), also known as the Asian Black Rat, Ship Rat, Roof Rat or House Rat, is a common long-tailed rodent of the genus Rattus (Old World rodents). The species originally came from the tropical areas of Asia, but eventually spread throughout the Near East in Roman times before reaching Europe by the 6th century and spreading with Europeans across the world. Today,...

African Pouched Rat Emins Rat
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...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.