Facts About Rats
Well let us admit that although we say that nature and its creation is beautiful, there are certain aspects of nature’s work that may not appeal to all. This statement is particularly true in the case of animals on this planet. There are some animals that paint an appealing sight such as the peacocks, butterflies and parrots and still others that are majestic in appearance such as the lion.
However, there are plenty who fall in the category of scary or repulsive such as snakes, lizards and cockroaches. The rat definitely belongs to the latter category of animals. It is believed that the ancient Romans could not distinguish between rats and mice. Therefore, they coined their own names for differentiation, which were Rattus Major meaning big rat and Rattus Minor signifying little rat.
Generally rats are small creatures but certain species such as the Gambian Pouch Rat grow to a huge size weighing eight pounds. The normal lifespan of this animal is about 2 to 3 years. There is a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records of a domestic rat surviving for 7 years and 4 months. The teeth of rats are yellow in color and keep growing till it is alive. Rats have extremely poor eyesight and make use of their whiskers as feelers aiding in movement. No wonder, rats are often found in corners or are seen treading near the walls! Rats are also known to experience dreaming and even laugh in their own special way when tickled. Body temperature regulation in this animal is conducted by their tails.
Over the years, there has been a mention of rats in diversified walks of life. They are worshipped as religious icons in India, are consumed as food by human beings and their pets, are kept as pets themselves, serve as laboratory animals for experimentation purposes, and are used to detect mines and in some forms of sports as well. Rats have also been fortunate enough to venture into space! In year 1961, France launched the first astronaut rat into outer space.
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