Get ready for 'Jurassic World' by raptor-proofing your home

Steel-plated sub-zero freezer? Check. Soundproofing? Check. Foil-coated furniture? Check. Crickets, mealworms and live rats? Er, um ...

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It might not be the most practical pet, but you'd certainly be the talk of the neighborhood. ForRent.com

With this week's hotly anticipated premiere of " ""="" shortcode="link" asset-type="article" uuid="5b197ee6-86fd-4c7f-b06a-c1618cce8bba" slug="first-jurassic-world-teaser-takes-you-back-to-the-scariest-bit-of-jurassic-park" link-text="Jurassic World" section="news" title="First 'Jurassic World' teaser takes you back to the scariest bit of " edition="us" data-key="link_bulk_key" api="{"id":null,"slug":null,"contentType":null,"edition":"us","topic":{},"metaData":{}}"> " -- the fourth movie in the "Jurassic Park" franchise -- a lot of people are getting dino fever. That even extends to the folks over at ForRent.com, a site that (duh) helps people find apartments. It's just released a fun infographic titled "Sit, Stay, Destroy: Caring For Your Pet Raptor," (see below) inspired by the fact that Chris Pratt's character in the new film will have a trained squadron of the beasts.

CNET's Crave blog got a first look at the infographic, which is, of course, done in jest, but you can actually learn a lot about the relatively small but entirely terrifying dinosaurs by breezing through it. For example, you'll find out that their name comes from the Latin for "speedy thief," their tails are made of fused bones that help them keep their balance when they run, and they weigh up to 35 pounds (16 kilograms). That last fact can come in handy when you check your lease to see just how big a pet you're allowed to have.

You'll also find out why you should cover your furniture in tinfoil and keep insects like crickets in the refrigerator if you do decide to raise your own raptor.

Even though the velociraptor found fame as a screen star in the "Jurassic" movies, the speedy beast actually lived about 85.8 million to 70.6 million years ago during the end of the Cretaceous Period, according to LiveScience. It could reach speeds of up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour and hunted in packs. According to National Geographic, even though the dinos feature so prominently in the movies, the CGI lizards bear little resemblance to the actual creatures.

All that sciency stuff aside, Spielberg's version of the velociraptors sure is cool to watch on the big screen. "Jurassic World," co-written and directed by Colin Trevorrow, opens on Thursday in the UK and Australia and on Friday in the US.

"Caring for a raptor hatchling may sound intimidating," concludes the ForRent.com guide, "but if you just keep your little guy crated; don't leave it alone for extended periods of time; baby-proof all knobs, doors and toilets; bar your windows; never leave food out; always stay away from its teeth; don't irritate it with loud noises; don't let it anywhere near small dogs or babies; and never make eye contact, you can lead a long and happy side-by-side life with your hatchling."

Sounds simple, no?