It is very rare for rats, mice, and other rodents to get rabies. In 2001, one chipmunk was diagnosed with rabies. There were 47 groundhogs (or woodchucks), reported with rabies in 2001. As is true for all wild animals, if you see a rat, mouse, groundhog, or squirrel acting strangely, stay away from it and have an adult call the local animal control officer for help.
Snakes, birds, and other non-mammals
Snakes, birds, frogs, and fish cannot get rabies. Only mammals can get rabies in nature.
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This page last reviewed February 6, 2003
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