Dumbo rats are a breed of domesticated Norwegian rat that, like other rats, have an average lifespan of two years and a maximum life expectancy of seven years with excellent care. The Dumbo gene, responsible for the breed's distinctive large ears, has no effect on lifespan or general health.
Several factors affect whether a rat will live out its expected lifespan. Rats are curious and sociable creatures, and denying them a stimulating cage environment or the company of other rats can worsen their health. Rats, like people, also need exercise and good-quality food. Purebred rats have longer lives on average than rats from feeder lineages.Learn More
According to the veterinarian website Doctors Foster and Smith, dwarf hamsters typically live about two years. Fully grown, they are 2 to 4 inches in length.Full Answer >
Rats and mice cannot live together. Rats engage in muricide, a predatory behavior. Seventy percent of wild rats and 12 percent of laboratory rats hunt and kill mice.Full Answer >
The average lifespan of a ladybug is two years. Ladybugs are also known as ladybirds and are classified as beetles. There are over 5,000 species of ladybugs on the planet.Full Answer >
Rats often squeak as a way to vocalize protest or to show stress. This is why rats often squeak when they are being petted or groomed by another rat. Small squeaks signal mild protest. Longer squeaks indicate distress, but such squeaks are usually only heard when a rat is confronted by another rat.Full Answer >