This article is from the WSSF 2016 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
Did You Know? Christmas Island would have native rats today if it weren’t for the fleas on the Black rats introduced to the island in 1899. These fleas carried a pathogen that wiped out all the native rats in less than a decade. While the Black rats were adapted to the protozoa Trypanosoma lewisi, the native rats weren’t, and by 1908 all the native species were extinct.
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