Rodents are among the animals found nearly all over the world. These animals are able to adapt to different environments without much difficulty. A rodent can go longer without water than a camel. It can fall from some five stories without injury. They can survive large doses of radiation, and swim for half a mile across open water. Over generations, they have managed to build up certain immunities to poisons.
Though their direct use to human is limited but their position on the tropic ladder is important. Nearly every kind of animal preys on rodents to some extent, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, other mammals and even fish. Rodents also play host to a number of parasites such as mites and ticks, creatures people may find as problematic as the rodents themselves. They are source of food to birds such as the hawk, eagle and owl. If rodents vanish, many species which are already endangered; like hawks and owl will go extinct, causing an even larger gap in our food chain.
In the ecology they act as scavengers, thus they take away any possible dead things from the area, thus reducing the decomposition rate.
In tropical forests rodents play a key role in spurring growth of new trees in the forest by spreading seeds. At least one African rodent, the Kivu giant pouched rat, has an equal responsibility in encouraging plant growth by dispersing seeds. They scatter-hoard larger seeds, as well as build sizable caches of seeds for later consumption that are often not consumed. Where the seeds germinate, they grow into new vegetation. Similar rodent behavior occurs in North America, where seeds sprout from stores made by burrowing rodents such as kangaroo rats and pocket mice. These creatures cache seeds along with other organic matter for winter consumption.
Plants in forests have mutually beneficial relationships with fungi in the soil. Fungi provide plants with nutrients, while the plants give energy to the fungi to grow and reproduce. The seeds of some plants, like orchids, won’t even germinate and sprout without being attached to a fungus. Rodents such as red squirrels and voles harvest and store mushrooms, thus exposing the spores to the elements and encouraging their spread. Underground fungi rely almost entirely on rodents to disperse their spores and reproduce. When the rodents eat their mushrooms, they distribute the fungal spores in their scat, facilitating another generation of healthy forest.
Many rodents such as ground squirrels, pocket gophers and prairie dogs bury underground, digging extensive burrows and tunnels. These tunnels not only create habitat for many other underground species, but also provide important benefits for the soil. Digging tunnels turns over the soil, mixing the top layers of litter and feces with the deeper layers. This process fertilizes the soil and buries carbon, essential for plant growth. The tunnels allow water to flow deep into the soil rather than running off, and also carry oxygen through sediment layers, aerating the soil to encourage root growth.
The ship rat has become a field pest in many countries and, because of its good climbing ability it infests fruit orchards besides entering buildings. This species is responsible for carrying the fleas which spread the plague.
The pacific rats are excellent climbers. Due to their excellent climbing ability, they are common pest of coconut. The house mouse is a good climber and lives in social groups. It can be a serious pest in agricultural fields and buildings, but has also been recorded in native or natural vegetation.
In woodlands, the white-footed mouse is a favored prey item for the eastern screech-owl, a surprisingly common bird on the Vineyard.
With the squirrels always climbing up trees and digging on the ground, they also help to spread the growth of plants and trees. Many of them feast on various fruit nuts and these are spread along a large area for food storage. Some of these nuts will eventually be forgotten and so giving them a chance to grow and become plants or trees.
Ground squirrels are known to dig deep in the soil to bury their food and to create temporary shelter. This regular activity basically helps to aerate the soil and make it healthy for some plants to grow and thrive. Squirrels are also known to break up various tree branches, leaves, and nuts and these are all scattered to the ground making the soil always healthy with nutrients.
Squirrels on the ground dig holes that are big enough for other animals to live in. Those that dwell in trees also carve out tunnels for their own shelter. Once the squirrels leave their own shelter, other tree-dwelling animals may take their place and enjoy their stay in the tree.
Some squirrels may be considered a nuisance to people’s homes or gardens, but they actually play a significant role in the entire ecosystem. Many animal experts even refer to squirrels as nature’s hardworking gardeners because they help in the growth and survival of various plant and tree species. Squirrels also serve to eliminate smaller animals like pest and insects.
Anyone living near areas prone to flooding receives benefits from burrowing animals such as moles and groundhogs as rainwater infiltrates these ground level holes. This helps carry the water into the soil where it can seep in and be stored instead of simply running over and off the land, often carrying with it vital nutrients needed for crop production.
Though these rodents are considered nuisance, their complete eradication from the ecosystem will prove risky for other animals and humans as well.
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These small animals deserve an appreciation for their resourcefulness.