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Murinae: Old World Rats and Mice
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Murinae: Old World Rats and Mice

The mice in attics and the rats in garbage bins — along with those used in research labs — belong to the Murinae group of rodents. These mammals have many body types and sizes, ranging from a fraction of an ounce to more than 4 pounds.

Native to Europe, Asia, and Australia, Old World rats and mice now have a nearly planet-wide presence.

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