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On New Hosting, Again

March 7th, 2011

I've restored as much of the 2005/2006 versions of this blog as I could find on one back-up. I think there are other backups from later in 2006/7 I could get back but I need to find them and am working on that. It's significant that the old blog data I restored finished on a bold statement that it was now on new hosting and looking forward to the future.

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April 25th, 2006

Kiore are omnivores. They seem to eat everything we eat and then some.

They eat most parts of plants including fruit, seeds, flowers, shoots, leaves, roots, and tubers. Maori used to take special precautions with their food stores to prevent kiore eating them.

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Telling the Kiore from other rats

March 7th, 2005

Kiore are the smallest and lightest of the three rats species we have most to do with.

There are three species of rats with whom humans have a close association. They are the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), black rat (Rattus rattus), and kiore (Rattus exulans). Kiore, at less than one third the body weight and two thirds the length of the Norway rat, is the smallest of the three. It must have been confused with a large mouse as one scientist named it Mus Exulans.

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