Well, I haven't introduced myself here, so I guess I will now.
My name is Jodi, though online I generally go by Skwerl. I'm a major rodent person. My favorite animals being mustelines and rodents.
I love rats. I have had an attraction towards them for a long time, and only recently have I been able to start getting rats as pets- not needing my mother's consent anymore, and really not caring if the creatures make her uncomfortable.
Currently I have 2 rats. I have a brown and white female rat that came from a private breeder named Jasper. Jasper is incredibly tame and well-mannered, and when upset she will lick instead of bite. She's energetic, intelligent and inventive. Coming from a private breeder, her genetics aren't all muddled, so she is capable of doing some pretty amazing things. I used to have a metal wheel in her cage that came pretty close to the top of the aquarium. I watched her mess with the wheel for awhile trying to get on top so that from there she could find a way out of the cage. When she discovered the wheel would spin no matter what, she took her ceramic dish and pushed it against the will so that the wire bars would catch on the rim of the dish. I'm proud of her, but frustrated at the same time. I have to go to extreme measures just to keep her in the cage! Oh, and Jasper is also leash trained. I use a leash meant for ferrets that is constantly adjustable so I can change the size of the harness as she gets older. ^^;;
My other rat is a little white one I rescued from a pet store. Having experienced a black and white rat, a brown and white rat, a black rat, I decided it was time for an albino! She was a cheap little feeder, last left in her cage and I felt sorry for her. She bit the store clerk when she was removed, which made me hesitent about her temperment... but I took her home anyway. I kept her in a seperate cage near Jasper's until the two rats became accustomed to one another and then moved them into the same large aquarium cage. I named the albino Xena, but I intend to change the title when she gets older and bigger. To this day she has never bitten me but she is a bit slow. Though I didn't expect much from a poor inbred albino at a pet store. But I love her and take care of her never the less. Xena doesn't like leashes, but is shoulder trained. She also enjoys snow. On warmer days during the Minnesota winter I take her outside while I shovel and let her perch on my shoulder.
My rats of the past was, my first rat, a black and white female named Jenner that I got from my boyfriend at the time and after Jenner died I replaced her before my mother noticed and said "no more rats!" and got a mainly black, white chested rat that I named Plague. Plague and Jasper lived together shortly, but Plague developed a strange skin disease where she broke out in itchy scabs. I had to keep her in another cage, but she started to become violent and angry and eventually I had my sister put her down and her body was used for my sister's Ball Python. A sad way to go, but then again I believe that at least the snake got fed. *shrugs.*
Anyway... I know my introductory is super long, but I figured you guys wouldn't mind, since there hasn't been that many posts to the community yet. :D
I think we should start a thread where we can post pictures of our rats (for those that own them). I don't have pictures of Jasper or Xena on my computer yet, but I'll get around to it eventually. Not having a digital camera makes it more difficult and time consuming. Heh.
Well, feel free to comment and such. I'd love to chit chat. *grins like an idiot.*