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A '''rat''' is a small [[rodent]] found on all [[continent]]s except [[Antarctica]]In the wild, rats are often considered to be [[pest]]s. They may be associated with the transmission of disease. Infected fleas living in the fur of rats are supposed to have spread [[bubonic plague]]. The [[taxonomy|genus]] ''Rattus'' includes over 50 species.
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[[File:Rat.jpg|left|thumb|150px|A common Black Rat]]
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{{Taxonomy
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|name=Rats
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|kingdom=Animalia
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|phylum=Chordata
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|class=Mammalia
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|order=Rodentia
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|superfamily=Muroidia
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|family=Muridae
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|subfamily=Murinae
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|genus=Rattus
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}}
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A '''rat''' is a medium-sized [[rodent]] found on all inhabited [[continent]]s.  They live on garbage in slums and are also often known to carry disease. The [[bubonic plague]] which killed one third of the population of Europe is attributed to rats which [[disease carrier|carried]] plague-infected
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fleas living in their fur. The [[taxonomy|genus]] ''Rattus'' includes over 50 species.
  
==Habitat==
 
 
Rats are capable of surviving in a wide range of different environments ranging from grasslands, forests, urban settlements, ships, and the unforgiving [[arctic]]. They tend to thrive around [[human beings]].
 
Rats are capable of surviving in a wide range of different environments ranging from grasslands, forests, urban settlements, ships, and the unforgiving [[arctic]]. They tend to thrive around [[human beings]].
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Rats can survive on an extremely diverse diet, including [[seed]]s, [[fruit]]s, small [[bird]]s and [[mammal]]s, scraps and even garbage.
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==Domesticated rats==
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Scientific laboratories frequently use rats for studies of behavioral psychology, as well as the effects of drugs or radiation.
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Rats can be kept as pets, although it is unwise for a child to try to tame a wild rat found in a slum. Like gerbils and hamsters, they must be raised in a sterile environment before being brought into your home, lest an accidental bite infect you with a deadly disease.
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They are usually kept in a [[cage]] or a [[terrarium]], sometimes with other rats or [[mice]]. Domestic rats are curious, clean, and gentle creatures with a lifespan of approximately three years.
  
==Diet==
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== External links ==
Rats can survive off an extremely diverse diet, including [[seed]]s, [[fruit]]s, small [[bird]]s and [[mammal]]s, scraps and even garbage.
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==Pets==
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*[http://creation.com/rats-no-evolution Rats: No evolution!]
Rats can make good pets. They are usually kept in a [[cage]] or a [[terrarium]], sometimes with other rats or [[mice]]. Domestic rats are curious, clean, and gentle creatures with a life-span of approximately three years.
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[[category:Rodents]]
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[[Category:Rodents]]

Latest revision as of 18:12, 24 June 2016

A common Black Rat
Rats
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Class Information
Class Mammalia
Order Information
Order Rodentia
Family Information
Superfamily Muroidia
Family Muridae
Sub-family Murinae
Genus Information
Genus Rattus
Population statistics

A rat is a medium-sized rodent found on all inhabited continents. They live on garbage in slums and are also often known to carry disease. The bubonic plague which killed one third of the population of Europe is attributed to rats which carried plague-infected fleas living in their fur. The genus Rattus includes over 50 species.

Rats are capable of surviving in a wide range of different environments ranging from grasslands, forests, urban settlements, ships, and the unforgiving arctic. They tend to thrive around human beings. Rats can survive on an extremely diverse diet, including seeds, fruits, small birds and mammals, scraps and even garbage.

Domesticated rats

Scientific laboratories frequently use rats for studies of behavioral psychology, as well as the effects of drugs or radiation.

Rats can be kept as pets, although it is unwise for a child to try to tame a wild rat found in a slum. Like gerbils and hamsters, they must be raised in a sterile environment before being brought into your home, lest an accidental bite infect you with a deadly disease. They are usually kept in a cage or a terrarium, sometimes with other rats or mice. Domestic rats are curious, clean, and gentle creatures with a lifespan of approximately three years.

External links