Ten Fascinating Facts About Rats

Rats are synonymous with sewers, page and poor hygiene in the minds of many people, but this amazing mammal is in fact very interesting.

Forget the image of dirty rats going through your bins at night – here are ten amazing facts about our long-tailed neighbours:

1.A male rat is called a “buck”, a female a “doe” (a pregnant female a “dam”) and their young are “pups” or “kittens”. A group of rats is called a “mischief”.

2. The Norway rat, also called brown rats, is found on every continent of the world except Antarctica. Rats spread through the world on boats and are thought to have originated in Asia.

3.Rats are omnivorous and will eat pretty much anything they can find, including injured rats and their own faeces.

4.Baby rats have a gestation period of 21 to 26 days and can be sexually mature from around 6 weeks old. Rats do not recognize incest, so brothers and sisters and even mothers and sons may mate.

5.Brown rats are known to respond to peer pressure and ignore dangerous signs in order to copy the behavior of other rats despite their instincts.

6.Rats are shy animals that will almost always run away rather than face a threat.

7.Despite their reputation for disease and bad hygiene, rats are in fact very clean animals. They often spend hours every day grooming themselves and other members of their group.

8.Rats are sociable animals that have been observed to be unhappy and lonely when removed from social situations for long periods of time.

9.Rats are well known to have very long tails that take up a considerable portion of their body length. Rats do not sweat so it helps them regulate how hot they are as well as communicate with other rats and for balance.

10.Rats are famous for their memories of navigation. Once they learn how to navigate a route, they never forget it.


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