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What is a rodent?  A rabbit isn’t one

August 25, 2020 2:15 pm

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When we say the word rodent the first thing that usually springs to mind is a rat or a mouse. While they are indeed part of this genus of animal there are so many more types that the term rodent covers. Not all of them can result in an infestation but there are plenty that do. If it’s becoming an issue then you should contact a Pest Control Chelmsford based company like https://www.stgeorgespestcontrolessex.co.uk/pest-control-essex-services/pest-control-chelmsford/. Let’s look at what else comes under the category of rodent. Some are quite cute and fluffy.

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What distinguishes a rodent is that they are mammals that have two long incisors for teeth. This opens up the category to a variety of creatures. You can find an example of the rodent everywhere in the world on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

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This means that Gerbils, hamsters and Squirrels are classed as being rodents. They are some of the smaller types that you can find, the tiniest being the Russian Dwarf hamster that seems to be just a little puff ball like a tiny pom-pom. One of the biggest is the Capybaras. This large rodent scared the Conquistadores witless when they first encountered it thinking they had entered a land of giants. Rabbits and Hares were once included in the list of rodents but as their incisors keep on growing they are now filed under a sub species known as lagomorpha but are still seen as related. Sort of like first cousins once removed or something like that.

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