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POUCHED RATS

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Gambian pouched rat

Latin Name: Cricetomys gambianus

Native to much of Northern Africa this rat was brought into the Florida Keys by a breeder who bred them as pets and then allowed to escape around 2000. In 2003 they were implicated as the source of an outbreak of Monkeypox which spread into native prairie dog populations and their further import was banned.

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