The Gambian pouched rat is the largest known rat species, reaching lengths of up to 3 feet. Their average weight is between 3 and 4 pounds, although they can weigh up to 9 pounds.Know More
Pet rats usually range in size from 9-11 inches, with their long tails adding an extra 7-9 inches. In most cases male rats tend to be larger than the females. Gambian pouched rats can be kept as pets, but the largest ones tend to live in the wild.
According to About.com, Gambian pouched rats are most commonly found in Central Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. They are often confused with African giant pouched rats, which can grow to be equally as large as Gambian rats.Learn more about Rodents
Rex rats are domesticated rats with a particularly curly coat. Both their fur and whiskers are curled, which gives young rex rats an especially woolly appearance.Full Answer >
An extinct species of rat that used to live in Southeast Asia is estimated to have weighed around 13 pounds. The largest species of rat alive as of 2014 lives in the Philippines and can weigh up to 4.4 pounds. The largest Norway rat ever caught weighed 2.4 pounds.Full Answer >
Depending on species, lineage, and whether or not they are captive, rats live between one and four years. The average pet rat lives two or three years, while wild rats rarely live past one year. Pet rats from certain lineages live longer due to good breeding.Full Answer >
While there are many misconceptions regarding whether voles, moles and shrews are the same species, moles are insectivores that live underground with specialized eyesight and feet with large claws for digging while shrews reside both above ground and underground to hunt insects, and voles are small rodents that are herbivores and spend all of their time above ground eating grasses, seeds and roots. Moles and shrews are not considered as rodents, and instead fall into the order Insectivora for their diet that consists mainly of insects and small invertebrates.Full Answer >