Name That Vermin

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by DaveC426913, May 7, 2019.

  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Oh God. Someone please tell me these are radiation-enhanced mice, not rats.
    They're huge. They're like, 7-8 inches nose-to-butt (when they stretch out), not including tail.

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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    R.O.U.S.s!
     
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  7. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Those are rats. But quite cute, as rats go. Evidently well-fed and in good condition. Got a cat?
     
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  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    No!

    Really?

    OK. They gotta go.
     
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  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I got a real problem here.

    The rats have been attracted by the cast offs from my birdfeeder. There's at least three of them living under my walkway and deck next to the birdfeeder.
    It is frequented by all manner of ground birds and squirrels. Any traps I put out will surely catch them as well.

    I think what I will do is
    1] put out a giant flat bowl to catch the seeds. At least they'll be contained and I can scoop them out.
    2] I'll use peppermint oil and cracked black pepper to discourage them.
    But ultimately, that will just drive them to another nearby location. They won't leave as long as there is a food supply.

    I'm not sure I can get rid of the problem without destroying them.
     
  10. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    The best way to insure ther safety is to catch 'em in a live trap an keep 'em as pets

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    Prolly ought to keep the males an females seperate unless you want lots more of 'em

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  11. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Get a few garter snakes

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    Garter snake
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    Garter snake is a common name for the nearly harmless, small to medium-sized snakes belonging to the genus Thamnophis. Endemic to North America, species in the genus Thamnophis can be found from the subarctic plains of Canada to Central America. Wikipedia
     

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  12. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Get a cat.
     
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  13. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Do you know anyone who keeps ferrets? They might be able to catch them, though they will certainly kill them. Getting rid of them without killing them will be quite difficult I agree. A cat would be similar, but I imagine you won't want a cat, as it will also go for the birds and squirrels etc.
     
  14. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Is it possible to domesticate a rat? If so, you could always take them in as pets? (half serious)
     
  15. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I know an old lady who swallowed a fly
    I don't know why she swallowed the fly
    Perhaps she'll die

    I know an old lady who swallowed a spider
    That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
    But I don't know why she swallowed the fly
    Perhaps she'll die

    I know an old lady who swallowed a bird
    How absurd to swallow a bird
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
    That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
    But I don't know why she swallowed the fly
    Perhaps she'll die

    I know an old lady who swallowed a cat
    Imagine that. She swallowed a cat.
    She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
    That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
    But I don't know why she swallowed that fly
    Perhaps she'll die

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  16. Goldtop Registered Senior Member

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    Or, you could do what this guys mom did...

     
  17. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    There are several cats in my immediate proximity. They're proably more interested in the birds though.

    Yes. No.
     
  18. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    My Experience:::

    For a couple of weeks i had a rat that i kept as a pet... an after havin it for a while i let it crawl up my arm an it bit me (didnt draw blood)... an i didnt try an handle it after that... an soon after that it got loose... an ran in a hole that led under the house to the other rats.!!!
     
  19. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    What a dirty rat!!

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  20. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    For sure... an i gave a dollar for it

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  21. Goldtop Registered Senior Member

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    Betrayed by a rat? How monstrous!
     
  22. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I guess they're not very loyal.

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    Definitely live by their instincts. We should do that more often, but we care about everyone's feelings. Mustn't hurt anyone's feelings. Rats just don't care!
     
  23. Goldtop Registered Senior Member

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    I usually use a high powered pellet rifle with a good scope, can pick off rats (and other vermin) from 40 feet. Loads of fun.
     

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