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  1. 1. RodentsBy Mr. “Snake Food” Chapman
  2. 2. History• Today there are 1,687 species of rodents.• Examples: Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice, Rats, Guinea pigs, Chinchilla, Squirrels, Beaver.• Paramys is considered to be the ancestors of all rodents.
  3. 3. Rodent Characteristics• To be in the Order Rodentia they must have the following:• Split upper lip• 2 large upper incisors• Teeth always growing
  4. 4. Classification• Classification for Hamsters, Gerbils and Rats:• Kingdom: Animalia• Phylum: Chordata• Class: Mammalia• Order: Rodentia• Family: Muridae
  5. 5. Hamsters“The Spawn of the Devil” By Mr. “The Devil” Chapman
  6. 6. Naturally Found• Hamsters are native to deserts in the middle east.• They were collected for research until they believed people could keep them as pets.
  7. 7. Characteristics• Male hamsters have scent glands on their rear end, and used to mark territory.• Female are more aggressive than male and usually dominant males.
  8. 8. Characteristics• Hamsters are nocturnal and forage for food at night and hold food in cheek pouches.• Female will carry babies in pouches.
  9. 9. Characteristics• Hamsters are solitary animals and are cannibalistic if kept together.
  10. 10. GerbilsBy Mr. “More Snake Food” Chapman
  11. 11. Classification• Kingdom – Animalia• Phylum – Chordata• Class – Mammalia• Order – Rodentia (so what do their teeth do?)• Family – Muridae (includes rats and hamsters)
  12. 12. History• Best known as the Mongolian Desert Mouse• 1935 Japanese scientists were the first to breed in captivity• Became popular as pets – No special food or housing requirements – Odorless – Rarely bite
  13. 13. History• Found in the dry, desert regions of Africa and Asia• Wild  live in colonies and dig burrows for shelter – Diet: seeds, leaves, roots, stems and insects
  14. 14. Characteristics• Hind legs are longer (similar to a kangaroo), used to jump!
  15. 15. Characteristics• Why do wild and captive look different?• Mutations (change in DNA) and selective breeding…
  16. 16. Characteristics• Males have a scent gland on stomach that looks like a bald patch
  17. 17. RatsBy Mr. “Big Snake Food” Chapman
  18. 18. Classification• K: Animalia• P: Chordata• C: Mammalia• O: Rodentia• F: Muridae
  19. 19. History• Rats are naturally from Southern Asia, but well established in Europe by 1200s.• Rats most widely known for their part in the Black Plague. (killed 25% of people)
  20. 20. History• Rats reached N. America in 1500s• Rats are found all over the world.• Rat Caused Problems:• 1. Carriers of diseases• 2. Destroying crops• 3. Causes fires (chewing)
  21. 21. Information• Why rats are successful:• 1. Ability to adapt to many habitats• 2. Eat anything• 3. Reproduce Rapidly
  22. 22. Most Common Rodent Diseases• 1. Wet tail – see wetness around the tail and rear area of animal, usually caused by runny diarrhea.• Treat by using medication and keep cage clean
  23. 23. Purchasing• Best time to buy a rat is at about 4 weeks when they are curious and friendly.