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Comparison

A side by side comparison of some key characteristics of Eek and Scribble


Eek, Neotoma fuscipes
Scribble, Rattus norvegicus
large ears & eyes
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smaller ears & eyes
compact roundish body
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long body
huge quantity of whiskers, twice as long as head
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sparse whiskers, length shorter than head
sharp teeth & claws
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sharp teeth & claws
tail visibly furred
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tail appears naked (sparsely furred)
knobby bottomed feet
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flat bottomed smooth feet
pretty dang blind
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pretty dang blind
shows affection by licking
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shows affection by licking
audibly chirps when happy; infrequently also vocalizes angrily when upset (usually at Scribble being too close to Eek's territory)
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no human audible vocalizations
bruxes silently
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bruxes loudly
loves greens, especially native plant leaves, seeds and fruit, especially blueberries
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loves her rat "chow", nuts and seeds
energetically and single-mindedly hoards food
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huh?
territorial about her space
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huh?
brave, focused, insistent
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timid, cautious
loves her wheel
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scared of her wheel
extremely quick and agile, incredible climber
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agile, good climber
active throughout the night, sleeps days
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mostly active mornings and evenings
plays dead when immediately threatened; thumps tail in warning when scared
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quickly hides when scared
pees when terrified
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poops when terrified
has a specific location in her cage where she prefers to eat
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has a specific location in her cage where she prefers to eat
loves to run about happily (and a little frantically) with a new nut, including running a few turns on her wheel, then stashes the nut in her food hoard, seemingly forgetting to work on getting inside the shell
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loves to immediately work on chewing through the shell of a new nut, and will do so persistently to get to the nut meat inside
builds structures and rearranges items in her cage
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shreds any reachable fabric into a nest


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