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Brilliant Rats: A Collection of Photos and Facts

Updated on July 10, 2017

Rats live all over the world: in cellars, houses, the woods, grasslands, and deserts. The only place they haven't covered is the big old snowy landmass below us. And the North Pole. Rats are smart little survivors that live with humans- rather as pests or pets. I am looking to highlight the rat and show him in a positive light. I hope you enjoy this collection of facts and pictures.

My rat Scabbers says hi!
My rat Scabbers says hi! | Source

The Facts Of Rats

  • They can scale a brick wall
  • They are so good at remembering where places are that exterminators swear that if a wall was torn down, the rats would follow the exact same route from when the wall was present
  • Their DNA is closer to ours than is of cats and dogs
  • They can get the flu and die of it
  • Queen Victoria had a pet rats herself
  • Their gait is similar to a horse's gallop
  • They can last longer than camels without water, and they can swim for up to three days and not drown
  • They can sense TB in human spit
  • They have been trained to detect land mines
  • They can jump up to four feet
  • There is no leader in a mischief (rat pack); the theory originated from a true fact that sometimes rats get their tails entangled in the nest (sometimes they live because others feed them, sometimes they die)
  • Rats cannot vomit but they can laugh
  • They care for each other in the mischief (feeding and grooming and healing those injured)
  • They have a sense of humor
  • They have been known to make human like sounds to talk to us and also tell the difference between spoken Dutch and Japanese
  • They have been taught to control a robot arm (in 1999) and to follow electric signals in 2002
  • They can see detail very well but cannot see up to a few foot away
  • They have highly developed senses of taste and smell
  • They can locate noises up to half a foot away
  • Rats are described as "touch-loving" animals because they love to touch and be touched; they also keep to the edge of things because they feel safe when they are in contact with something that warrants them a quick escape
  • They use their tail to sweat, balance, and regulate body temperature and blood pressure

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Personal Experience: Rats Are Sneaky Little Preciouses

Scabbers has gotten into many sticky places in the 6-7 months I've had him. He's fallen off cabinets! But- like a cat- he rights himself and lands on all four paws. He's grabbed papers from my wastebasket (where I write Hubs, poems, and stories that didn't make the cut) and drags them to Templeton's hoardy hole.

Templeton has had his fair share. He once seized the whole bag of chocolate raisins and took off with them.

I haven't had Little Chef long enough (about a month) for too many crazy antics to arise. He has knocked his food bowls to the bottom of his cage however. But he still has some crazy stuff to do.

Rats Are A-maz-ing!

Rats dream. Like, really. Guess what they dream about?

If they ran a maze, they dream of that maze. They dream of what happened that day.

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Little Chef greets you!Templeton says hello!Scabbers wants you to go away.
Little Chef greets you!
Little Chef greets you!
Templeton says hello!
Templeton says hello!
Scabbers wants you to go away.
Scabbers wants you to go away.

And Rats Are Cuddlebugs!

Just saying...:

NOT MY PICTURE: copyright Jessica Florence.
NOT MY PICTURE: copyright Jessica Florence.


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    • GalaxyRat profile image

      GalaxyRat 2 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks Tamara!

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      Tamara Moore 2 months ago

      Your pets are cute, and yes, rats are cool!

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      GalaxyRat 3 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Hugs coming your way too!

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      GalaxyRat 3 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Nah, just been busy.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Galaxy, are you on vacation?

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      Awwwe, it's holding a lil' teddy bear! How adorable. I wish I could post a pic, here, of my son's rats that he had. He loved them so much! Your rat, Scabbers, is a unique color; I'm not used to seeing pure chestnut brown like this with rats. He's quite the looker :-)

      Yes, they are very smart, too! Thank you for sharing!



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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      I hope not! Cheers. :)

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      Mamerto I Relativo Jr 4 months ago from Cabuyao

      I'm now thinking of getting my own. I just hope that my dog won't chase it :)

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thanks for commenting. Rats are awesome animals!

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      Penny Sebring 4 months ago from Fort Collins

      I love having rats! One of my favorite pets ever.

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      It's good to get a rescue, because pet store rats carry so many bad things. Maybe a rat will find a way into your life. If you want a cuddlebug, get a male. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      I LOVE THIS! So many fascinating facts. If I didn't have cats already (and plenty of them), I'd consider a rat for myself. A rescue rat, of course.