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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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I may have a line on tailess rats.Someone here told me she has them from time to time.I never ever had or seen a manx rat in person before,so my question is...


How do you know if it is a legit manx rat?
I read online that some people dock the tails themselves and sell them as "manx".How do I know for sure???





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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-03-2009, 12:49 PM
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If I remember correctly, manx have an excessively cured spine from their missing vertebrae. They also do the 'bunny hop' like manx cats do.

It's difficult to tell the authenticity of manx rats because tailed docked at a very young age would be very hard to distinguish. Getting them from a reputable source or breeding them could determine authenticity.


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Thanks.I will look further into it.
I love ratty tails anyway...but I also like having different varities,so we will see what happens.





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Manx rats can have some serious issues, like regulating their temp when its hot, and their spine causing issues. I know a good breeder in PA who had x-rays done of his manx girl before breeding her to make sure that she was capable of having babies safely.

There are also people who say they have manx rats but its only the poor wee ones who had ringtail as babies and their tails fell off and there's often just a little stub left.

And then there's the people who dock their rat tails to pass as the much sought after manx *shudder*

Just some thoughts.

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Interesting.
Thank you for the information...I will definatly keep it in mind and going to ask this girl more about it.





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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 05:28 AM
 
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Thats a good point about the docking, i never really thought about that.

I also am in contact with someone who breeds manx rats, I'm interested in aquiring them too, and hopefully will in the near future

So i would like to say thanks for these tips too!
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Way too many interesting articles out there.

A hopping tailless means its vertebrae have fused. All the taillless rats I have seen/heard of were normal rats without a tail

I heard a lot about a lovely boy in Tekka Maki's Rattery...he was a very healthy boy

http://www.rmca.org/Articles/tailless.htm

scroll down to the Tailless variety, note they warn about scars
http://www.ratspacnw.org/varieties.htm

http://www.afrma.org/taillesstrbl.htm

OK I must stop now, this is a genetic mutation that is not beneficial to the rat or at least won't harm them like double rex or a coat pattern or ear placement.

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Thanks again.
Sadly I just lost two rats today and have no interest in taking anymore rats at the moment...


But for future reference I am going to keep this information in mind.I love my ratty tails anyway and maybe will just stick to my tailed babies.





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