House Mouse

House Mouse (Mus musculus) The house mouse (Mus musculus) is a small mammal of the order Rodentia. characteristically having a pointed snout, large rounded ears, and a long and hairy tail. House mice have an adult body length of 7.5–10 cm and a tail length of 5–10 cm. The weight is typically 40–45 g. In …

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Indian Crested Porcupine

Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica) The Indian crested porcupine is a large rodent, weighing 11–18 kg. Their body (from the nose to the base of the tail) measures between 70–90 cm, with the tail adding an additional 8–10 cm. Indian crested porcupines have a very broad and mostly herbivorous diet. Indian crested porcupines have a …

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Indian or Black-napped Hare

Indian or Black-napped Hare (Lepus nigricollis) The Indian hare, also known as the black-naped hare, is a common species of hare. During the wet season, short grasses are abundant and they are the preferred food. During the dry season, when short grasses are scarce, more flowering plants are consumed. They also eat crops and germinating …

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Northern Palm Squirrel

Northern Palm Squirrel (Funambulus pennantii) The northern palm squirrel (Funambulus pennantii) also called the five-striped palm squirrel. The northern palm squirrel is a very adaptable species. It occurs in tropical and subtropical dry deciduous forest, montane forests to altitudes of 4,000 m (13,123 ft), scrublands, plantations, grasslands, arable land, rural gardens and urban areas. The …

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Indian Gerbil

Indian Gerbil (Tatera indica) The Indian gerbil also known as “antelope rat”. Head and body length is 17–20 cm. Tail is 20–21 cm. Dorsal surface including entire head is light brown or light brown with rusty wash. Under parts are white. Tail fully furred, dark blackish brown with grayish sides and prominent black tuft on …

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Lesser Bandicoot

Lesser Bandicoot (Bandicota bengalensis) The lesser bandicoot rat, Sindh rice rat or Indian mole-rat is a giant rat. Their fur is dark or (rarely) pale brown dorsally, occasionally blackish, and light to dark grey ventrally. The head-body length is around 250 mm, and the uniformly dark tail is shorter than the head-body length. They construct …

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Indian Bush Rat

Indian Bush Rat (Golunda ellioti) The Indian bush rat is a rodent species. Head and body length is 12–14 cm. Tail is 9-11. Yellowish brown upperparts are speckled with black and reddish yellow. Ventral surface grayish with a yellowish speckle. Orange-yellow incisor teeth. Tail, dark above and yellowish below. Body fur spiny. Rounded head with …

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Smooth-Coated Otter

Smooth-Coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) The smooth-coated otter is a relatively large otter, from 7 to 11 kg in weight and 59 to 64 cm in head-body length, with a tail 37 to 43 cm. They rest on sandy riverbanks and establish their dens under tree roots or among boulders. They mark their playground by urinating …

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House Rat or Black Rat

House Rat (Rattus rattus) The black rat, also known as ship rat, roof rat, or house rat—is a common long-tailed rodent. Black rats are generalist omnivores. They are serious pests to farmers because they eat a wide range of agricultural crops. They are black to light brown in color with a lighter underside. Tamed black …

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