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The neurons in a rat's brain are about 3 miles away from their taste-buds.

Before we knew what the rats liked and didn't like, food wise, we saved every leftover in the world for them. We quickly learned that "If it's big, they'll take it." This got really amusing though when they'd carry off nice big slices of onion, full banana peppers, and worse, full jalapeo peppers that we had missed in the transfer from plate to rat-box.

What they do is really funny, but as funny as it is, I wouldn't try it on your own, but rather simply learn from our mistakes. What they do is grab one of these items and scurry off with it (see "We know where the term "Pack-Rat" comes from."). After they've made it about 4-6 rat-leaps away, they will drop that item, analyze it, and smack their "lips" a few times, sticking their tongue out desperately like a dog with a peanut butter on the roof of his mouth. Sometimes they will forget and repeat this a couple more times until they get the idea and someone else snatches it up before the humans get a chance to grab it. It's really quite amusing, in a way.

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Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not one of them. These are merely accounts of our experiences with rats, our perceptions of these experiences, where we've failed and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes:

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