Oryzomys palustris (Marsh Rice Rat)
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Habitat: Moist areas, wet bogs, swamps, wet meadows, among other areas.

Habits: Marsh Rice Rats are excellent swimmers and divers. They eat seeds, green vegetation, insects, and even fish. Softball-sized nests are built to live in and raise the young. In some areas, feeding platforms, often up to about 10 inches, are constructed of grasses. They are mostly nocturnal. About five young are born per litter, and the females will breed throughout the year.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

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