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tail bump
tail bump  

skin problem
skin problem  
my rat has a weird bump on her tell and its hard and she has weird patches on her skin

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Thank you for including the images, they help a lot. It looks like you rat has mites. The lump on her tail are the mites burrowing under the tail scales and possibly causing an infection there. The marks on her skin are from the mites irritating her skin. Please Google "Mites in Rats" and see if anything describes her condition. Follow the instructions you find there for ridding your rat of mites. If you find you need more help please message me at spazrats@yahoo.ca.

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I HAVE BEEN TAKING A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM ALL EXPERTS due to illness in the family.

New to AllExperts as of December 03,2006. I'm looking forward to helping you with your Pet Rat questions. I've had experience in all areas of care so I can answer questions on wild rats, the history of pet rats, training and behavior, rats in the media (care books, fiction, movies, on the internet), Holistic care as well as health issues, breeding, sexing babies, types of rats, colors of rats, general care, food and treats, cages, bedding, toys and entertainment, etc. I cannot possibly know everything about pet rats but I have some very reliable resources to help me answer your questions. I cannot answer questions on genetics. I still go by phenotype to identify my rats. My website: Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats http://spazrats.tripod.com

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When I first got into keeping rats as pets in 1997 I delved head-long into learning everything I could find on them. I continue to educate myself on every aspect of rats and rat keeping.

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