Differences Between Wild And Domesticated Rats

Here are most common differences between wild and domesticated rats.


  •  Very long thin tail for balance
  • Larger feet for climbing
  • Large ears for superlative hearing
  • Larger eyes
  • Less body mass
  • Very skittish and way more nervous than domesticated ratties
  • Ability to jump long distances and cli...
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Rattie Society And Social Groups

Rats are very social and are happiest in pairs or groups of same sex or neutered rats. A single rat needs lots of daily human attention.   Rats can be kept in groups of up to six Females per cage and four Males per cage (PROVIDED THE CAGES ARE BIG ENOUGH)...

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Sexing baby rats

Sexing rats is fairly easy with a few guidelines. First, check the rat yourself–pet shop employees nearly always make mistakes...

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Gambian pouched rats are currently being used by an organisation called APOPO to sniff out landmines (thus saving human lives).  APOPO list their reasons for choosing rats for this very important task as being :

The idea of using rats for the detection of landmines came as a result of a search for ...

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Rat Care

Cage cleaning

Cages should be washed with an anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid at least once a week.  Vinegar can also be added to the water because vinegar acts as an anti-bacterial agent.  In South Africa, you can get ICU dishwashing liquid which also claims to be anti’viral...

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Rat Cages And Bedding

Environment and temperature

Rats are vulnerable to high temperatures and should ideally be kept in a place that is very well ventilated and that does not exceed 25 Degrees © at any time. Domestic rats are indoor pets and should not be expected to stay outdoors.

Cage and bedding

A rat’s cage should ...

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