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Rat Care Corner / Re: Rats, or mice?
« Last post by gymnwriter on September 05, 2018, 09:36:53 AM »
Home Squeak Home / Ferret Nation add on 183
« Last post by Jolly Jumper on September 05, 2018, 02:23:19 AM »
Hi everyone,
Can I use FN 183 stand alone?
Thank you 💕
Rat Care Corner / Re: Rats, or mice?
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on September 04, 2018, 09:41:05 AM »
They are adorable! CongRATS!

Rat Care Corner / Re: Rats, or mice?
« Last post by gymnwriter on September 03, 2018, 02:49:20 PM »
they do have all black tails, and their ears are not round. i've never seen such a tiny baby!

do they require any different care than the rest of my rats?
Rat Care Corner / Re: Rats, or mice?
« Last post by BigBen on September 03, 2018, 02:23:45 PM »
That looks like a baby rat to me.  What shape are the ears?  Mouse ears are more circular, whereas rat ears come to a rather blunt point.

Also, what color are the tails?  If the tails are alll dark black, it's possible they are Rattus rattus, which tend to be smaller, instead of R. norvegicus.

The Rat Behavior and Biology site has useful tutorials for distinguishing between R. norvegicus and R, rattus, and between R. norvegicus and mice (Mus musculus).
Rat Care Corner / Rats, or mice?
« Last post by gymnwriter on September 03, 2018, 01:06:25 PM »
I thought I was adopting three baby rats, but I think I accidentally adopted three baby mice.

The container they came in reeked of cigarette smoke, so I'm keeping them regardless. Could anyone verify though, please?[/img]
Share your story by October 1 to try to help your favorite rescue win! *First 10,000 applications will be reviewed!*
via the Petco Foundation:
We're asking adopters from across the U.S. to share how their adopted pet changed their life! Winning adopters will receive a Petco shopping spree AND the organization they adopted from will receive up to $100,000 in lifesaving grant awards. Share your tale and help us make holiday wishes come true! Due to the high volume of submissions, we are only able to review the first 10,000 applications submitted. The application closes on October 1, 2018 at noon CST.
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Virtual Yard Sale to help Rescues!
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 02, 2018, 02:12:21 PM »
The Travelin' Rat will be holding a Virtual Yard sale on our FB page during the month of September. If you have anything that you would like to sell (new OR used) to help raise money for the rescues, please email us at with a picture of what you want to sell, a description (including condition), how much you are selling for, how much of the sale price you will donate to which rescue*, and how much postage is and to where. You can add items at any point throughout the month.
We'd appreciate all the help we can get with this! If you don't have anything to sell, please don't forget how much of a help it is when you SHARE SHARE SHARE this information!
Thank you so much for supporting the rescues!
*Please keep an eye on our website ( and/or FB page to see which rescues are participating!

Participants so far:
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
Flower City Critters Small Animal Rescue
For The Love Of Rats Rescue
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Last vet trip for D'Arcy
« Last post by purple rat on August 31, 2018, 08:51:17 PM »
Yay- I'm glad you get to have more time with D'Arcy  :)  Something similar happened with my Neo, and I got to have an additional month with him. I spoiled him and let him have all his favorite treats ;D
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