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A '''rat''' is a medium-sized [[rodent]] found on all inhabited [[continent]]s.
A '''rat''' is a medium-sized [[rodent]] found on all inhabited [[continent]]s. the , 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.
Revision as of 08:46, 25 November 2008
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; notably, the spread of the bubonic plague is attributed to rats.ild, rats are often considered to be pests. 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 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 make 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 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.