Apr 17, 2014

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Some Interesting but Strange Facts about Rats!!!

Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats.I really hated when I see a dirty rat roaming here and there in my house. They are dirty and highly unhygienic living being to live with. Even though a rat is not a very lovable animal, it can be cute!!!

Here I am giving you some interesting and must know facts about rats. Check it out…

  • Rats have a powerful social chain of command. The largest and strongest rats will get the best food and harborage.
  • Rats very lovable animals. They love being in the group of their own species or humans. They like playing collectively and love to sleep curled up together. They take care of the injured and sick rats in their group. When rats don’t have friendship, they can become lonely, depressed, anxious and stressed. A group of rats is called a mischief.
  • Rats are sharp animals. They are more intelligent than rabbits, hamsters, mice, gerbils and guinea pigs for instance. They also have excellent memories. Once rats learn a direction-finding route, they never forget it.
  • Rats are probing but shy. They choose to run away rather than confront a potential threat.
  • Romans considered the rat to be a sign of good luck.
  •  The term rat generally refers to the two main species of house rat, the Norway rat and the Roof rat. Both species originated in Asia, but have spread throughout the world by human travel overseas. They both belong to the genus Rattus, which includes 51 species.
  • Norway rats have a heavy and thick body about 7 to 10 inches long. They weigh about 10 to 17 ounces. Their color may vary from grayish-brown, a pure gray to a blackish- or reddish-brown. Their underside is gray to yellow-white. Their nose and muzzle are blunt, their eyes are small and their ears are close to the body and won’t cover the eyes if bent forward. Their tail is dark on top with a lighter underside and shorter than their head and body.
  • Roof rats have a slender body about 6 1/2 to 8 inches long. They weigh about 6 to 12 ounces. Their color varies from black to brownish-gray. Their underside varies from gray to white. Their nose and muzzle are pointed, their eyes are large and prominent and their ears are large and cover the eyes if bent forward. They have a hairless tail which has a uniform color and is longer than their head and body.
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  • Rats have been used throughout history as food for people and pets, religious icons, laboratory animals, pets, mine detectors, animals used in sports (such as the now illegal practices of rat baiting with dogs,) and some have even been trained to drag wires through walls making some electricians’ jobs go much faster.
  •  Rats have very poor eyesight and are colorblind.
  • Rats are routinely worshiped and fed in the Karni Devi, a temple completely devoted to them. These thousands of wild rats never gave any of their worshipers infected Bubonic fleas even during the plague years – scientists suspect this is because being territorial they kept invading rats (and their fleas) out of the area.
  • Most rats are right-handed.
  • Rats have been proven to make a laughter-like noise (unable to be heard by the human ear alone) when tickled and dream while sleeping.
  • Inbred laboratory rats are created by breeding brother to sister for at least 300 generations. This produces animals who are more than 99% genetically identical, which is more similar then even current clones are!
  • An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter.
  • Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records the longest lived domestic rat died at seven years and four months of age (which far exceeds the 2-3 year expected lifespan.)
  • Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinder block, wire, aluminum and lead.
  • Rats do not have any thumbs.
  •  Rats are a very clean animal; they spend several hours per day grooming them.

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11 Responses to Some Interesting but Strange Facts about Rats!!!

  1. Anastasia says:

    I wish to point out that the opening paragraph is very hurtful to some and in particular the sentences ‘They are dirty and [...] unhygienic’ which is promtly contradicted with the last fact on the list. Then there is this on ‘Even though a rat is not a very loveable…’ That really hurts. I have a pet rat who is absolutely adorable and she loves me and I love her. Comparable to the bond one might have with a dog. The only rats you really have to worry about are the Blacks and Browns. All because of the plague, over a hundred otherwise harmless species are put to shame and killed without a second thought.

    • Bethenni says:

      Actually, rats are fantastic pets. I have three and they have proven to be the most amazing most loving some of the most loyal living creatures to keep as pets. How DARE you make such an assumption without even having any as a pet or having any first person experience with tame rats. Get your facts straight before you write such a hateful disrespectful and untrue article.

      • Yvonne says:

        You missed the point entirely. The fact that the writer spent 90% of the article telling us that rats ARE lovable and clean proves that he/she does not really view them as evil or filthy. Apparently you just don’t get it.

    • Yvonne says:

      The writer of the article didn’t mean it. He/she wrote that on purpose in order to draw readers in. After that ONE little paragraph against rats, the writer spent the next SEVERAL paragraphs refuting it. You missed the point entirely.

  2. Megan says:

    Actually, rats arent dirty at all, they spend most of their lives grooming themselves, and their owners. Also, most of the time rats will pick a permanant spot as a “bathroom”. They are very loveible as well, they are even show compassion, wich even for some humans is a difficult concept. __Owner of 2 female hooded rats <3

  3. Sam says:

    Rats are so cute and so lovable. I don’t know what I would do without my three pet rats. They are my best friends :)

  4. Erika says:

    I am really offended by what that person has said about rats at the top before the facts I have 2 pet rats they are lovable my boy Willard loves giving kisses if you show him a kissy face he will lick your lips just like a dog he loves his ear rubs he loves sleeping in my bed he loves walking at the park whereing his harness he is a seal point simease albino he loves his stroller rides he is my Therapy rat and he is allowed in stores with me he is a better anti depressant and anti anxiety for me then the pills you get from the doctors since I have had him my life has been amazing I love him he is my best friend and my girl miya she’s a Berkshire. And she is a fun rat she loves games and there both fixed but ya that comment at the top is soooo wrong and beyond hurtful to real rat owners

    • Yvonne says:

      *sigh* You just don’t get it do you? Yes, the author of this article said some nasty stuff at the beginning, but in case you didn’t notice, he/she then proceeded to spend several paragraphs telling us how rats are in fact sweet, smart and clean creatures. The opening paragraph was meant to catch our attention and draw us in to read the rest. How do you not get that?

  5. Jessielovesrats says:

    This isn’t very accurate.
    Rats live longer that 18 months. The average lifespan is between 2 -3 years but some live to 5.

    They are dirty and highly unhygienic living being to live with. Even though a rat is not a very lovable animal, it can be cute!!! – this is untrue. As it was mentioned later rats spend a large part of thier day grooming. Also I’ve had about 8 pet rats so far and some of them have been more lovable and affectionate than any of the cats or dogs I’ve had.

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