Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Muridae
  Scientific Name : Rattus Rattus

                      Size : 20 - 50cm (7.8 - 19.7in)
                 Weight : 200 - 900g (0.4 - 2lbs)
           Top Speed : 13km/h (8mph)
            Life Span : 2 - 5 years

                Colour : Grey, Black,
                                White, Brown
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Large, sharp front teeth 
                                 and long, thin tail
  1. Rats are small scavenger animals found all around the world.
  2. They are thought to have originated in Asia and migrated to other continents through human voyages.
  3. They are very adaptable animals that are widely spread.
  4. There are two species of rats- the black rat and the brown rat.
  5. The biggest distinguishing feature between rats and mice is the size, with the rats being larger.
  6. Rats are considered as pests and they are known to carry and spread diseases.
  7. They are also known to kill small livestock.
  8. Rats are kept as household pets as they do not pose any special risk that other pets do not pose.
  9. Rats, when tame, can be very friendly and can also be taught to perform selective tasks.
  10. The wild rats have their predators in snakes, wildcats and birds of prey.
  11. Rats are omnivores feeding on plant and animal matter.
  12. The new generation rats are much larger as they feed on high rubbish levels.
  13. In some parts of South-East Asia, rats like Bandicoots are consumed by humans.
  14. Rats breed very fast, the female rats give birth to 6-10 babies per litter after a 22-day gestation.
  15. The female rats can breed from 5 weeks to 18 months of age.
  16. On an average they live to be around 2-5 years old.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *