RODENTS

Nearly 40% of mammal species are rodents, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. Rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks and beavers, among others.
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Red Squirrel

In this guide to Red squirrels, you'll learn all about the creature's habitat, diet and conservation status.

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  • Can I catch plague from a prairie dog?

    Can I catch plague from a prairie dog?

    Prairie dogs may look cute and cuddly, but are these rodents harbingers of deathly plague? Since there aren't any underground pharmacies in prairie dog towns, will disease wipe out these animals? See more »

  • What's the best way to remove porcupine quills?

    What's the best way to remove porcupine quills?

    Porcupines know nothing of bad hair days. These walking pin cushions use their prickly "hairs" to impale any animal that may pose a threat to their well-being. See more »

  • Why do beavers build dams?

    Why do beavers build dams?

    Environmentalists agree that beaver dams help the environment by creating wetlands but why are some landowners and farm owners getting riled up? How could these dams be hazardous to roads, bridges and levees? See more »

  • Agouti

    Agouti

    Agouti is a rodent found in South and Central America and southern Mexico, often kept as a pet. See more »

  • Beaver

    Beaver

    Beaver, the largest North American rodent. Beavers also are found in parts of Euope and Asia. See more »

  • Capybara

    Capybara

    Capybara, Capivara, or Carpinche is an animal found in tropical and subtropical regions of South America, especially in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. See more »

  • Cavy

    Cavy

    Cavy, the common name of five genera of rodents native to South America. The members of four genera have rounded bodies with large heads and short ears and limbs; the members of the fifth genus have rabbitlike bodies with small heads and long limbs a See more »

  • Chinchilla

    Chinchilla

    Chinchilla is a small, fur-bearing rodent. It is native to the high Andes of South America, but also lives in the United States, Canada is and Europe. See more »

  • Chipmunk

    Chipmunk

    Chipmunk is a small, burrowing North American rodent belonging to the squirrel family. See more »

  • Field Mouse

    Field Mouse

    Field Mouse, or Meadow Mouse is a small, stout-bodied rodent with short legs, small, rounded ears is a blunt snout is and a short, hairy tail. See more »

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