There’s an unusual group of African rodents that we rarely get to hear much about. Termed dendromurines, they’re named for Dendromus, the climbing mice, and mostly inhabit sub-Saharan Africa.
Earlier in the year I made a promise that I'd get through more rodents here at Tet Zoo. Rodents, you see, divide people like no other group of tetrapods.
Among the weirdest and most fascinating of rodents are the scalytails/scaly-tails, scaly-tailed squirrels or anomalures, properly termed Anomaluridae.
Sometimes, I pick up Volume II of Walker's Mammals of the World, go to page 1400 or 1500 or thereabouts and look at all the obscure Old World rats and mice.
These large, shy rodents have lost most of their natural habitat to rapid development in their native Mexico. Species name: Mexican agouti (Dasyprocta mexicana).
As a European person, I find European voles (and, to a degree, Asian voles) pretty familiar, commonplace, homely. Still interesting, mind you.
Youll already know what voles are. Theyre blunt-nosed, comparatively short-tailed rodents with chunky bodies and rounded ears that are mostly concealed by fur.
Rats and mice show increased stress levels when handled by men rather than women, potentially skewing study results