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Rodents are one of the most varied type of mammals. In fact, rodents are the largest group of mammals on the planet with a staggering 4,660 species. Rodents are any mammal with upper and lower pairs of ever-growing rootless incisor teeth. They can be found on virtually every continent, aside from Antarctica.

Rodents range wildly in size, with the smallest rodent, pygmy jerboas, weighing under 3.75 grams. The largest rodent, on the other hand, the capybara, weighing up to 150 pounds. Rodents come in all shapes, sizes and textures, making some of them excellent companions. Some of the most common rodents to have as pets are hamsters, gerbils, fancy mice, chinchillas and guinea pigs.

Take a look at 110 of our favorite rodent tattoos from talented artists around the world in the gallery below. Then let us know your favorite type of rodent from this list in the comments section on social media.


Family: Sciuridae

Native to: Americas, Eurasia and Africa

Popular Culture Characters: Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Sandy Cheeks, Bucky the Squirrel


Family: Sciuridae

Native to: North America

Popular Culture Characters: Chip and Dale, Alvin and the Chipmunks


Family: Muridae

Native to: All Continents

Popular Culture Characters: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Speedy Gonzalez


Family: Rattus

Native to: All Continents

Popular Culture Characters: Remy, Scabbers, Jerry


Family: Muridae

Native to: Africa, India and Asia

Popular Culture Characters: Eddie the Furry Gerbil


Family: Cricetidae

Native to: Europe, North Africa, Asia

Popular Culture Characters: Snowball, Doctor Hamster, Hamtaro


Family: Hystricidae and Erethizontidae

Native to: Americas, Southern Europe, Asia and Africa

Popular Culture Characters: Morkubine Porcupine


Family: Caviidae

Native to: South America