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The Behavior of the Laboratory RatA Handbook with Tests$
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Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001

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Ecology

Ecology

Chapter:
(p.15) 2 Ecology
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The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat
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S. Anthony Barnett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0002

The “Norway rat” (Rattus norvegicus), known also as the “brown rat” is rivaled as a pest only by the house mouse (Mus domesticus vel musculus) and the “ship” or “black” rat (Rattus rattus). R. norvegicus also displays peculiar features that make it of special interest to both ethologists and experimental psychologists. This chapter provides an overview of the ecology of the wild R. norvegicus.

Keywords:   Rattus norvegicus, laboratory rats, ecology, rat behavior, environment, food selection, social interactions, Norway rat, ecology

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