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2013-07-22 23:01:08

Requests from Fish and Game along with animal rights groups have helped to re-establish laws concerning poisons commonly used to control rodents such as rats and mice. (PRWEB) July 22, 2013 The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has new regulations in the works concerning second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). The poison baits affected by this new regulation contain the active ingredients of brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum or difethialone. The...

Bipedal Rodents Survive In The Desert Using Jumps, Hops And Skips
2013-07-07 18:35:07

Society for Experimental Biology [ Video 1 ] [ Video 2 ] Researchers have found that bipedal desert rodents manage to compete with their quadrupedal counterparts by using a diverse set of jumps, hops and skips. A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Valencia on July 6, suggests that it is this unpredictable movement that allows the bipedal rodents to coexist in Old World deserts with quadrupedal rodents. Research headed by Talia Moore at...

2013-03-22 23:03:40

Southern California's leader in gopher and mole control has released a free website for readers to get insight to controlling these burrowing animals. Rodent Guys charges no fee to readers and information is based on their years of experience controlling these pests. Cambria, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2013 Gopher and mole removal is the most difficult pest control for homeowners to tackle by themselves. Both animals live underground and are rarely seen. These menacing pests destroy the...

2012-12-25 05:00:34

Houston Residents Can Save $50 on Rodent Control with ABC´s Special Offer Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 24, 2012 ABC Home & Commercial Services-Houston announced their coupon offer of $50 off initial service with a signature rodent agreement. The coupon is good through Dec 31st, 2012. Now is an excellent time to take advantage of ABC's rodent control services, as rodents tend to "seek shelter" in homes during the winter months. Rodents are not only nuisances that can cause...

Naked Mole Rat Studied For Its Pain Resistance And Long, Healthy Life
2012-09-24 11:29:17

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The humble, hairless, buck-toothed digging denizen we know as the naked mole-rat could lead researchers to new treatments for pain relief in humans. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago report new findings as to how these rodents have adapted to toxic carbon dioxide buildup in their dens. As CO2 levels rise to levels that would be toxic for other mammals, the air in their dens becomes highly acidic. The naked...


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African Pygmy Mouse, Mus minutoides
2012-05-15 07:41:59

The African pygmy mouse (Mus minutoides) can be found in the sub-Saharan areas of Africa. This mouse, perhaps the smallest of all rodents, can also be found living as pets around the world. Being social creatures, African pygmy mice will live in colonies preferably around water in grassy areas. When kept as pets, the mice cannot be left alone. Although the underbelly of the African pygmy mouse is a pale white, the rest of fur is colored reddish orange. The triangular ears, although small,...

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2007-06-25 10:10:28

The Patagonian Mara, Dolichotis patagonum, is a relatively large rodent found in Central and Southern Argentina. Maras inhabit arid grasslands and scrub desert. Maras like to live in burrows and will occasionally inhabit burrows that already exist from other animals. They are herbivorous. The Patagonian Mara is from the Family Caviidae, which includes cavies, such as their larger relative the capybara, and guinea pigs. Patagonian Maras are closely related to the other member of the...

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2007-06-25 09:52:12

The Little Swan Island Hutia, Geocapromys thoracatus, was native to Little Swan Island, off north-eastern Honduras in the Caribbean. The ancestors of the species may have been carried to the island from Jamaica, 5,000-7,000 years ago. It may have been a subspecies of the Jamaican hutia (Geocapromys browni). The Little Swan Island Hutia was a slow-moving, guinea pig-like rodent and probably emerged from caves and limestone crevices to forage on bark, small twigs and leaves. It was fairly...

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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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2006-12-26 10:49:42

Chinchillas and their relative's viscachas are small, twilight rodents native to the Andes Mountains in South America. They belong to the family Chinchillidae. Chinchilla fur is considered the softest in the world and is thirty times softer than human hair. Chinchillas must regularly bathe in dust or volcanic ash to remove oil and moisture that gathers in their thick fur. They have the highest fur density of any land animal with more than 20,000 hairs per square cm. Their fur is so dense...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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