Monday, September 17, 2012
Animal Tips for Writers: What Is A Rodent?
After an unplanned short break from writing animal tips, I hope to write them more frequently. Today we'll look at rodents, which seem to come up often in certain types of stories, books, and movies.
When writing about creepy little animals, some authors might wonder if they can describe such animals as rodents. But can all creepy little animals be described as rodents? The answer is: No. Most “creepy” little animals are not rodents, and not all rodents are little. Some rodents are even widely thought of as cute.
Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia. Rats, mice, squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, and even bigger animals like beavers and the 200 pound capybara are rodents. Snakes, toads, cockroaches, flies, and other such frequently reviled animals that some authors might want to lump together with rats are not rodents, because they are not mammals nor members of the order Rodentia.
Have you ever written about rodents, or do you plan to? Have you ever had a memorable encounter with a rodent?
(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner