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Mini-Quiz: Observing Rat Behavior

by Ron Kurtus (revised 27 September 2011)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.



1. Why are rats a problem in the city?

They are extremely adaptive to human environments

They are afraid of the wide-open spaces in the country

People don't feed them enough peanuts

2. How are rats able to get into so many places?

Rats can shrink to the size of a mouse

People accidentally let them in

They are very clever and persistent

3. Why don't many people like the looks of rats?

Rats have almost human-like faces

Their long, skinny tail makes them look disgusting

People don't like animals that are furry

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Understanding Behavior. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.


Don't judge the rat by its tail


Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

Behavior Resources

Some mean experiments

Rat exploratory behavior following infraorbital differentiation or selective cerebellar lesions - Behavior studies after rat brain surgery, from California Institute of Technology

Rats in nature

"Rats, Mice and History: The Black Death Pandemic and the Middle Ages" lecture by Prof. Ronald E. Zupko, Marquette University, May 2002

Pet rat behavior

Pet Rats on the Web - A list of links

Interaction

Inter-species Interactions - How Norwegian rats interact with other animals

Books

Top-rated books on Rat Behavior


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