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  Jack Black (rat catcher) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Black cut a striking figure in his self-made "uniform" of scarlet topcoat, waistcoat, and breeches, with a huge leather belt inset with cast-iron rats.
He would sell his home-bred domesticated coloured rats as pets, mainly, as Black observed, "...to well-bred young ladies to keep in squirrel cages." Beatrix Potter is believed to have been one of his customers, and she dedicated the book Samuel Whiskers to her rat of the same name.
The modern Rat Fancy was revived in 1976 with the formation of the National Fancy Rat Society, and the fancy spread around the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jack_Black_(rat_catcher)   (445 words)

 Black Rat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Black Rat (Rattus rattus, also known as the Asian Black Rat, Ship Rat, Roof Rat or House Rat) is a common long-tailed rodent of the genus Rattus (Old World rodents) and the subfamily murinae (Murine rodents).
Compared to the Brown Rat, it is a poorer swimmer, but more agile and a better climber, tending even to flee upwards.
It is usually fl to light brown in colour with a lighter underside.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Black_Rat   (272 words)

 Black Rat
The fl rat is nocturnal by nature, especially in the wild, but in well hidden, dark corners of barns and warehouses it may be active at all hours.
Black rats were responsible for spreading the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages as they carried the flea which transmitted this disease.
The diseases are the same as for the brown rat, with the exception that the fl rat carries the flea which carries the bubonic plague.
www.the-piedpiper.co.uk /th1b.htm   (566 words)

 Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Rat vision is very blurry but the position of their eyes on each side of the head allows them a wide field of vision, which is helpful in scanning their environment for possible predators.
Rats are agile climbers because they are able to use their tails to adjust their center of gravity and maintain balance similar to the way a tight rope walker uses a pole.
Rats were also the first animal to undergo anesthesia and surgery in space during research to determine whether the absence of gravity affected muscle development in young rodents.
www.hsus.org /animals_in_research/species_used_in_research/rat.html   (2739 words)

 Black Death - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rats were accidentally introduced in the nineteenth century, and have never spread beyond a small number of urban areas attached to seaports.
Extrapolating from this, the Black Death may be seen as partly responsible for Eastern Europe's considerable lag in scientific and philosophical advances as well as in the move to liberalise government by restricting the power of the monarch and aristocracy.
Inspired by Black Death, Danse Macabre is an allegory on the universality of death and a common painting motive in late-medieval periods.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Black_Death   (6106 words)

 BBC News | UK | Black rat back in the UK
The fl rat, Rattus rattus, is believed to have made a comeback in the UK after one was found under a woman's fridge in Cornwall.
The fl rat, also known as the old English rat or ships' rat, was the only rat in England until the 18th century, when it was ousted by its aggressive cousin, the brown rat.
Black rats are notorious for carrying fleas, which are widely thought to have been responsible for bringing bubonic plague to Britain.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/337680.stm   (382 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
RAT, common name for any large rodent of the family Muridae, smaller members of which are known as mice.
The fl rat, almost completely fl in color, is now prevalent in tropical and subtropical America and in the southern U.S. Unlike most other rats, the fl rat produces only five or six young in a litter.
Albino strains of both the fl and brown rat are bred for use in biological study; these white rats have been extensively used for nutritional studies, and their use has helped scientists discover many essential dietary components and better understand the growth process.
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/animals/rat.html   (647 words)

 Is it a Black Rat?
Unfortunately, in many cases it turns out to be a Black Rat, which is an introduced species and an age-old pest in and near human habitation.
Native rats, such as the Bush Rat, are much shyer animals, and are not found in places where human traffic is frequent - they prefer to nest in dense forest understorey, sheltering in short burrows under logs or rocks, and they line their nests with grass.
Black Rats are about 8 cm long, and are charcoal grey to fl or light brown above, cream or white below, with a sleek smooth coat.
www.austmus.gov.au /factsheets/rattus.htm   (667 words)

 Rat,Mammals,Rat Picture,Mammal Pictures,Catalog,Encyclopedia
The fl rat, also called the roof rat, is the primary host for bubonic plague, which is transmitted to humans by direct contact or through the bites of fleas that have fed on infected rats.
The fl rat reached North and South America in the 1500s, and it is currently distributed in the United States in a narrow belt along both coasts and throughout most of the southeastern states.
The fl rat ranges from 16 to 22 cm (6.3 to 8.6 in) in length, plus a 17- to 24-cm (6.7- to 9.3-in) tail (always longer than the head and body combined), and from 115 to 350 g (4 to 12 oz) in weight.
www.4to40.com /earth/geography/htm/mammalsindex.asp?counter=132   (619 words)

 We See Tv ~ Enhanced Description
The brown rat was carried on ships from Europe to the United States late in the 18th century, and it has gradually displaced the fl rat, a smaller, less aggressive species introduced into North America in about the 16th century.
The brown rat is classified as Rattus norvegicus, and the fl rat as Rattus rattus.
The eastern wood rat is classified as Neotoma floridana, the bushy-tailed wood rat as Neotoma cinerea, and the desert rat as Neotoma lepida.
www.weseetv.com /pages/EDrats.php   (1138 words)

 Black Rat Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Finally, rat snakes have a distinct transition from the dorsum to the vent; the edge of the rat snake belly approaches a 90 degree turn while racers have a continuous, rounded transition.
Black rat snakes are common in the Cades Cove region of the Park.
Black rat snakes are adept climbers and a large percentage of their diet is made up of birds and bird eggs.
www.dlia.org /atbi/species/animals/vertebrates/reptiles/squamata/colubridae/Elaphe_obsoleta.shtml   (646 words)

 Evolution, History and Domestication of the Norway Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Black rats originated further south in the in the Indo-Malayan region (Krinke 2000, Walker 1964).
Norway rats reached North America around 1755 on the ships of the new settlers (Grzimek 1968) and are reported on the east coast of the United States in 1775 (Lantz 1909, reported in Jackson 1982 and Krinke 2000).
During this time, naturally occuring albino, fl, and hooded Norway rats may have preferentially captured or selected from litters of captive rats for their distinctive appearance (naturally occurring wild albino rats were first reported in Europe in 1553 by Conrad Gesner, and Castle (1947) reports the existence of wild non-agouti and hooded rats as well).
www.ratbehavior.org /history.htm   (1114 words)

 Rattus rattus (Linnaeus); Black Rat
The fl rat is a non-native (exotic) species that is thought to have arrived in North America in the mid-1500's on the ships of early European explorers.
The fl rat is found primarily around human habitations such as barns, warehouses, and buildings in urban residential areas.
In areas where both Norway rats and fl rats are present, the more aggressive Norway rat forces the fl rat to live in the upper portions of buildings and in trees.
www.discoverlife.org /nh/tx/Vertebrata/Mammalia/Muridae/Rattus/rattus   (570 words)

 WildWNC.org : Animals : BLACK RAT SNAKE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Black Rat Snake is highly variable in coloration and pattem depending upon the age of the snake.
Black Rat Snakes are often mistaken for the Eastern King Snake, another non-venomous constrictor that is often found in the same general habitats.
Black Rat Snakes usually breed in Spring and the eggs are laid during early summer, usually in rotting stumps or in decaying vegetation.
wildwnc.org /af/blackratsnake.html   (687 words)

 Black Rat Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Black rat snakes often hibernate in rock crevices in the company of other snakes, such as copperheads and rattlers.
This habit gave rise to the fallacy that rat snakes "pilot" these venomous snakes to safety in time of danger; thus they are often called pilot fl snakes.
The fact is that fl rat snakes are one of Ohio's most beneficial and splendid reptile assets; they play an essential role in controlling destructive rodents.
www.dnr.state.oh.us /wildlife/Resources/reptiles/blkrat.htm   (230 words)

 Ladywildlife's Black Rat Page
The fl rat is a smaller relative of the brown rat and is found in populated areas throughout the world.
It was the carrier of the bubonic plague, or “fl death,” in the Middle Ages.
Today, the population of the fl rat is steadily diminishing in cool climates, where it lives in buildings and is easier to control than the brown rat.
ladywildlife.com /animal/blackrat.html   (836 words)

 Black Rat Snake
Black Rat Snakes are found in forests, fields, marshes, and farmland.
Black Rat Snakes are known to climb rafters in barns and similar buildings.
Black Rat Snakes are powerful constrictors, which means once they catch their prey, they wrap their body around it and squeeze until the animal suffocates.
www.fcps.k12.va.us /StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/black_rat_snake.htm   (287 words)

 Black rat - Rattus rattus: More Information - ARKive
Generally smaller than the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), the fl rat is typically a uniform fl to tawny brown colour, with lighter underparts (1).
The fl rat is nocturnal, although it may become more active in the day in undisturbed areas (4).
The fl rat is a notorious pest, and was the host of the fleas that carried bubonic plague (2).
www.arkive.org /species/ARK/mammals/Rattus_rattus/more_info.html   (609 words)

 Black Rat Snake Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Their chins and throats are white, changing to checkerboard fl and white and then to cloudy gray on the belly.
Young Black Rat Snakes are strongly blotched against a gray background and could be easily mistaken for a different subspecies.
Black Rat Snakes are commonly found throughout South Carolina except in the coastal counties where they are replaced by the Yellow Rat Snake.
www.snakesandfrogs.com /scra/snakes/brat.htm   (303 words)

The fl rat is a medium-sized rat that is gray, brown, or fl in color, with a tail longer than its body length.
Black rats are also involved in natural cycles of population control, as they can carry and spread various diseases.
Even though rats have indirectly caused human deaths, the fl rat in particular is used as a scientific research animal, and as such has saved more peoples lives than they have harmed.
www.seaworld.org /animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/reptilia/squamata/black-rat-snake.htm   (417 words)

 Snakes: Black Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
When a fl rat snake matures it is fl with a white or creamy yellow chin and throat.
As the rat snake matures this pattern darkens and is undetectable once the rat snake grows to a length of about three feet.
Black rat snakes usually keep their eggs under rocks or in manure piles, rotting vegetation, stumps or logs.
www.howard.k12.md.us /res/snakes/blackrat.html   (163 words)

 Black Rat Snake   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the case of the fl rat snake, they are born a grayish color with dark blotches dorsally.
In Louisiana, fl rat snakes are found in the very northern part of the state.
Black rat snakes are found in a variety of settings including farm areas, upland wooded areas, swampy areas, and near human habitation.
www.kingsnake.com /louisiana/species_black_rat_snake.htm   (277 words)

 Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Black rat snakes are not aggressive, but when harassed or threatened they may rear and strike, and will often vibrate the tip of their tail against dry leaves in imitation of a rattlesnake.
The fl rat snakes in these areas are at the periphery of the species' range, with those in the Frontenac Axis being at the very northern edge.
Black rat snake populations in Ontario are isolated from each other and from other populations in the United States.
www.ontarioparks.com /english/parkzine/art2-23-10-2001.html   (1321 words)

 Black Rat: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A rat is a small omnivorous rodent of the genus rattus....
The brown rat or norway rat (rattus norvegicus) is one of the most well-known and common rats, and also one of the largest....
The brown rat or norway rat (rattus norvegicus) is one of the most well-known and common rats, EHandler: no quick summary.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/bl/black_rat.htm   (688 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Black rat, ship rat, roof rat, house rat
Black rats are very similar in appearance to brown rats, but they are slimmer, with relatively larger ears and a longer tail.
Black rats are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, typically near human habituation.
Black rats are now one of the rarest mammals in the UK, but persist mainly around port towns, such as Liverpool, London, the Shiant Islands (Inner Hebrides) and Lundy island.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/wildfacts/factfiles/272.shtml   (295 words)

 Black Rat Snake: Nature Snapshots from Minnesota DNR: Minnesota DNR
General description: The fl rat snake is a long, dark-colored snake with a white chin and throat.
Young rat snakes are gray with dark blotches.
Black rat snakes have been found hanging out in trees up to 40 feet off the ground.
www.dnr.state.mn.us /snapshots/snakes_turtles/blackratsnake.html   (321 words)

 Rat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Although the roof rat and the brown rat can live in the wild and in high mountains in California, places where there are lots of people have become their favorite environment.
The roof rat, or the fl rat, was brought to Europe from Israel by the Crusaders.
The brown rat is the most hated rat, and next to people, it is an animal that does the most damage in nature.
www.lalc.k12.ca.us /uclasp/urban_science/urban_bestiary/rat.htm   (630 words)

 Black Rat Snakes at the EcoTarium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The fl rat snake is one of the biggest snakes in New England, growing up to eight feet in length.
Adult fl rat snakes are fl with a whitish belly.
EcoTarium is home to one leucistic fl rat snake who is on exhibit on the middle floor of the museum, and one fl rat snake who comes out for "animal encounter" programs.
www.ecotarium.org /ed/wildlife/aotm/archive/200306_ratsnake   (199 words)

 Black Rat Snake Page
In contrast to the fl racer, the belly of a rat snake is a mixture of light and dark, usually a cloudy gray or white, but with a checkering effect toward the head, giving a somewhat mottled appearance.
In many states the Black Rat Snake is classed as "Endangered." It is illegal to harass, kill, collect or possess these snakes in Massachusetts, where they are exceedingly rare, and have been found only in the Connecticut Valley and southern Worcester County, where they occupy rocky ledges and forested hillsides.
Though common in the central and eastern states, fl rats are rare in Wisconsin, which represents the extreme northwestern limit of their range.
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