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The Behavior of the Laboratory RatA Handbook with Tests$
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Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001

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(p.321) 30 Environment
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Robbin L Gibb

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how environmental parameters influence the physiology and behavior of rats and thus the experimental outcome. It considers lighting, humidity, airflow, noise, cage construction, diet, and social opportunity. Maternal influences, age at weaning, animal care, exercise regimens, and enrichment are also discussed. These factors can induce changes in brain weight, cerebral vascularization, adrenal size, and body weight.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, environmental factors, rat physiology, rat behavior, weaning, animal care, exercise regimens

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