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Dassie Rat: Petromuridae

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And ReproductionGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, DASSIE RATS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

Dassie rats can be found in the Southwest Arid Zone of Africa, from southwestern Angola to the central and western parts of Namibia to the northwestern Northern Cape Province in South Africa.

Dassie rats do not have any special relationship with humans.

Dassie rats are not listed as threatened by The World Conservation Union (IUCN), but there is only a small population and they are not present in a large number of areas.



Alderton, David. Rodents of the World. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1996.

"Dassie Rat." In Walker's Mammals of the World, 6th ed. Vol. 2. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Macdonald, David, ed. The Encyclopedia of Mammals. Vol. 3. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2001.

Web sites:

Myers, Phil. "Family Petromuridae." Animal Diversity Web. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Petromuridae.html (accessed on June 12, 2004).

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