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Oh, Rats!

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Rats are horrible slimy creatures with nasty long thick tails and beady eyes, carrying all kinds of dirt and disease, right? Not really, no. Rats aren’t half as nasty as they’re made out to be.…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rat vs. Mouse What exactly is a rat, and how is it different from a mouse? Well, rats and mice are close cousins, as they’re both part of the same big family. But true rats are only those in the Rattus genus, of which there are about 80 species. Apart from that, you can usually spot the difference between a rat and mouse, as the rat is usually much bigger. But that’s not 100 percent accurate — big mice are often called rats and small rats get taken for mice. If you look a little closer, you’ll see other differences. Rats have a thick, heavy tail rather than the mouse’s thin, delicate one; the rat’s face is heavy and blunt instead of pointed like the mouse; and the rat’s eyes and ears are smaller compared to its head than the mouse’s. And just to make matters even more complicated, there are some animals called rats, such as pack rats and kangaroo rats, which actually aren’t rats at all. 


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