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Thryonomys

 

(cane rats), the single genus of rodents belonging to the family Thryonomidae. The body measures up to 60 cm in length, and the tail up to 25 cm. The fur is coarse, bristly, and grayish brown on the upper side of the body. There are six species, distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. Cane rats lead a solitary nocturnal life, mainly inhabiting swampy areas. The flesh is edible.

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Cane Rat had given me pause for thought, and a realisation how the years have marched by.
Adebayo AO, Oke BO, Akinloye AK (2009) The gross morphometry and histology of the male accessory glands in the Greater Cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus, Temminck).
From an evolutionary analysis, we concluded that Protohummus is a sort of 'missing link' in the evolution of the cane rat family (Thryonomyidae).
From an evolutionary analysis, we concluded that Protohummus is a sort of aACAymissing link' in the evolution of the cane rat family (thryonomyidae).
The find has yielded a new fossil mammal that shows a close relationship to living cane rats of Africa, and gives us a greater understanding of the area's natural history," added Al Darmaki.
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They need to come up with a new name though, as cane rat won't go down too well in Tesco's
Some people describe cane rat as sweet, but I never discovered that," he says.
After the virus was officially recognized in Guinea at the end of March, villagers were warned to stop eating ''bush meat'' -- the fruit bats, cane rats and monkeys that provide protein but that scientists suspect are a reservoir for viruses like Ebola.
The book has many side bar stories about the different foods eaten around the world such as ants eggs and cane rats, what they taste like, who eats them and how to cook them.
In the daytime you might call for Maxwells duiker and black duiker; at night you may get sidetracked by leopard genet and palm civet cats, or giant cane rats.
Young pythons primarily eat small rodents - which makes them popular with farmers to reduce pests like cane rats.