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.


Hamster is a burrowing rodent native to western Asia. It looks somewhat like a short, plump rat with thick, soft fur.

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

  • Beaver


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

  • 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, 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 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 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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