Talk:Gambian pouched rat

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Monkeypox species[edit]

I moved this commentary by 69.250.142.71 on the article page here: --Aranae 05:55, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

Actually according to eyewitnesses who've SEEN the pouched rat species that was released in Florida, and who know the differences between species, identified them as the Emin's, or African pouched rat (C. emini), not gambian pouched rat. Both were in the pet trade, however the common person didn't know they were an entirely different species.

General lack of specific data[edit]

Despite this specie being mentioned in the article to be on of the largest muroids, there is no size data about the animal. also there is no data on lifespan and the fertility data is confusing. 86.17.109.17 (talk) 14:32, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Confusing Fertility Period[edit]

Currently: "They have up to four litters every nine months with up to six offspring in each litter."

Why is it specifying the number of litters in nine months? Why not number of litters per year, or how frequently each litter occurs (every nine weeks? -- perhaps that "9" is getting confused?)? Or is there a 3 month infertile period per year and 9 months of fertility... ???

Lifespan[edit]

What is their lifespan?

"Lifespan in captivity - average is 8 years but some have been known to live up to 10 years."[1] // Liftarn (talk)

Removed from page[edit]

I removed the following addition to the page which may remain of interest to editors: "Here is the website to the landmind information listed on your page.. http://www.herorat.org/

I saw thei story on Frontline World"

--Aranae 15:14, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

I added it under external links. Also look at the site under "Press" for news coverage that can be used to expand the article. // Liftarn (talk)

Dubious tag on weight[edit]

I've tagged the weight in the characteristics section (10-15 pounds, which I also translated to SI units earlier) as dubious. Most other sources seem to disagree with this, although I'm struggling to find any that I'd consider authoritative. Most pet suppliers specify a maximum of about 3kg (= about 6.6 pounds), as does Britannica. If anyone has a *good* source for the weight, I'd suggest changing it to whatever that source says. JulesH (talk) 17:45, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals says body mass in Cricetomys is 1–1.4 kg. Ucucha 17:52, 5 August 2010 (UTC)
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web (refered from eol) says 1 to 1.47kg for Cricetomys gambianus —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.114.54.206 (talk) 07:47, 24 October 2010 (UTC)
Former weight claim (10-15 pounds) was pure nonsense. Unfortunate that it has been allowed to stay up for this long since we now can expect various pages have copied it. Anyone claiming a weight significantly above the ones now provided (1-1,4 kg) should also provide a supporting citation that is high WP:RS. 212.10.90.238 (talk) 22:12, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Tartan hem[edit]

I'm happy to see that someone has sewn very cute tartan hems onto this animal's pouches. Myles325a (talk) 02:24, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Removed pidgin name[edit]

I've just removed this sentence, "It is (along with other mammals) referred to by the pidgin name of "beef". ", as it is not said WHERE in Africa it is known by this name. --79.148.171.195 (talk) 21:28, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

History of the Rats[edit]

It would be interesting to have a section talking about the evolutionary history of the rat, as well as its domestication. Melquiades Babilonia (talk) 06:14, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

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