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Rodent

Squirrels, beavers, porcupines, chinchillas, mice, and rats are all rodents. And that’s not all. More than 2,000 species belong to Rodentia, the largest order of mammals. These furry creatures roam most parts of the world, thriving in all sorts of habitats. They all have one thing in common: teeth uniquely designed for gnawing.

Whether you think they’re cute or destructive, rodents are here to stay.

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To study the effects of prolonged space travel, Russian scientists sent mice and other animals into space for a month. Who do you think fared better: the rodents or the lizards? More...

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Dr. Eileen Lacey

Dr. Lacey studies social behavior in subterranean rodents. Discover what sparked her interest in this field and what she enjoys most about her work. More...

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Watch what happens when a fearsome plague of mice strikes a quiet farm community in Australia. More...

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Want to become the next King of Rodents? Help your team make a winning leap toward the target — and collect stars for points. More...

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Rodentia

Rodentia

Rodents make up the largest order of mammals. And all rodent species have one thing in common: special teeth designed for gnawing. Read more and check out photos. More...

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Rodents: Photos

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Chinchillas, marmots, guinea pigs, lemmings, voles, dormice, hares, and many more rodents are featured in this photo gallery. Take a look. More...

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Stanford Scientists Bring Clarity to Mouse Brain

By replacing fatty parts with a clear hydrogel, scientists have created a transparent mouse brain — a 3D view that allows researchers to study the brain like never before. More...

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The Ultimate Rodent Quiz

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From mice and rats to beavers and squirrels, rodents are a diverse lot. See if you have what it takes to ace this quiz. More...

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Unlike most mammals, many rodent species can see ultraviolet light. Is this ability linked to rodent communication? See what scientists think. More...

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