Mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, squirrels and woodchucks flourish among the approximate 1,500 species of rodents. Rodents inhabit all continents except Antarctica. Rodents commonly inhabit urban and rural areas and forests.
Some different types of rodents are rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs. Mice and rats are in the same rodent group as voles and lemmings. Another group includes squirrels, woodchucks, marmots, chipmunks and gophers.
Rodents eat a wide variety of foods, including nuts, fruits and vegetables. Rats are the only rodents that eat fish and meat, but all rodents like dog and cat food. Human trash is a good source of food for rodents.
Identify rodent droppings based on comparisons of size, color and other physical attributes. While similar, droppings of rats, mice and squirrels are all slightly different from each other.
Some common rodents in the United States include the common house mouse, deer mouse, brown rat and the house rat. Each of these rodents can invade a home and requires immediate removal before they cause damage or spread disease.
Rabbits are not rodents, but are a different kind of gnawing mammal called a lagomorph. Lagomorphs differ from rodents chiefly in that they have four incisors rather than two in the upper jaw. Hares, rabbits and small lemming-like creatures called pikas all belong to this group.
Bats are not rodents. All bats belong to the scientific group Chiroptera, the second-largest grouping of mammals after the group Rodentia itself. The most obvious difference between bats and rodents is that bats can fly and rodents cannot.
Squirrels are rodents. All rodents are characterized by the presence of chisel-like gnawing teeth that grow constantly, and the squirrel family of rodents is called Sciuridae.
Rabbits are not rodents, but are part of the Lagomorpha order of animals. They were, however, classed as Rodentia until around 1912, when the Lagomorpha order was recognized. It is thought that rodents and lagomorphs share a common lineage, and so both are grouped together under the superorder of Gl
Rodents that burrow include chipmunks, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats and voles. Prairie dogs and woodchucks are larger burrowing rodents that create holes that range from 3 to 8 inches in diameter. Woodchuck burrows tend to be on the bigger side and contain both front and back door holes. Prairie