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Some people may fancy rats as pets, but for the most part, a rat in the house is not considered a good thing. Rats have been plaguing humans -- and giving them the plague -- for thousands of years.

There are two main species of rats scurrying around: Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus. Lots of common names are used for each of these rat species, but the black rat and the Norway rat seem to be the most agreed upon. Part of the reason for the diverse nomenclature is that members of both species vary in color as well as size, and are happy living in a wide variety of environments. And that's just the beginning of muddled human understanding when it comes to rats. Read on to learn some of the top myths about these rodents.

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