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Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents in the superfamily Muroidea.

"True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats.

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If Rats Were Human

LOL! If a rat could use a camera. This is so hilarious!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

26 Great Fancy Pet Rat Facts

I know it says 25 facts in the title even though there's really 26 but still there's some cool facts about rats here. They're a lot more like humans than we think in that they can burp, learn commands and words, can eat chocolate, cry or whine when in pain, and can experience complex emotions and personalities as well as form social bonds.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Did you know that rats can learn tricks just like dogs? Here's a video of some pet rats playing fetch, twirling on command, and more. Just like any animal, learning something new takes time and lots of rewards. It also helps to have some type of clicker or to make a clicking noise to signal that they've completed their trick and will be rewarded. That'll help them catch on. By the way, these rats look exactly like my hamsters! Except bigger, of course :)

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

Watch this rat dive for peas!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

A 5 week old Gambian Pouched Rat twitches in its dreams

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Rats in Styrofoam Peanuts

Just three rats in Styrofoam in a box

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

I Is Plant!

LOL! This rat thinks he's a plant!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

You Hab Been Healed

Just a funny rat picture!

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Do Rats Dream of the Future?

New research shows that rodents can simulate the future while they are sleeping or resting. To test the hypothesis that place cells can map space not only during physical exploration but also during mental exploration of a future space, 4 rats were placed on a straight-track with a T-junction ahead. After observing food on one end on one of the arms beyond it and another one empty, they were put in a sleep chamber for an hour and then put back on the track. During the rest period, the place cells that would later provide an internal map of the food were active which means that the hippocampus was simulating future paths leading to a desired goal. It's unclear whether rats actually dream but they can process relevant futures at rest.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Annie the "Heart Rats"

In 2008 Dawn Burke and her husband Don decided to start "The Rat Retreat" in their home in Boise, Idaho where they care for mistreated, sick or unwanted rats. Dawn lets this rat named Annie in particular clean the food out of her teeth and calls her their "heart rat" as a rat that they never forget.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

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