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.
A typical common rat weighs less than 0.75 pounds.
Giant Gambian pouched rats have been found in New York City. These rats can be 3 feet long and weigh 4 pounds. The Gambian rats found in New York are probably escaped pets. Imports of giant Gambian pouched rats as pets into the United States were banned in 2003.Learn More
Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, construct two different types of burrows: one for use in the summer and one for use in the winter. Summer burrows feature multiple openings that are about 10 to 12 inches in diameter and situated about 20 feet away from each other. Summer burrows are often more conspicuous than winter burrows, which have only one opening and are usually located in areas with dense cover.Full Answer >
Apples are a food that squirrels enjoy. Squirrels eat nuts, seeds, lichens, buds, mushrooms, roots, pine cones, leaves, twigs, bark, black walnuts, oranges, avocados and apricots as well. Dried corn on the cob is a favorite food despite the fact that it can harbor mold that can harm them.Full Answer >
It is uncommon for mice and other small rodents to carry rabies, but they can contract the disease in rare situations where they are attacked by another animal with rabies and do not die. The most common animals affected by the disease are raccoons, skunks, foxes, livestock, cats and dogs. There are types of animals that do not carry or contract rabies, which are reptiles, birds, insects and amphibians.Full Answer >
According to a University of Michigan resource on breeding mice for laboratory purposes, a female mouse can give birth to between four and eight litters each year. Each litter consists of an average of between six to eight mice.Full Answer >