Wildlife Wednesdays

I know your thinking Rats, EWWW! But these creatures are indeed one of Gods creations and therefore amazing. However did you know that rats are one of the animals not mentioned in the Bible at all? Mice are mentioned several times and it is quite possible that some of these mice were indeed rats because even through the Middle Ages people thought rats were just big mice. Now I know there are wild rats and pet rats and nobody likes critters in your home when they are not invited but nonetheless they are living creatures and deserve respect. Perhaps learning a bit more about rats will change your thoughts about these amazing furry creatures. 

So why am I writing about rats? Well because my daughter is getting a pet rat for Christmas. Yesterday I wrote this post - 10 Reasons Rats Make Good Pets

Did you know?

-That pet rats may have been first bred by Queen Victoria's ratcatcher Jack Black in the mid 19th century? The first pet rat show was held in 1901.

-That rats are actually very clean animals.

-Rats don't have canine teeth.

-A rat's temperature is regulated though its tail.

-Rats are highly intelligent and can even learn to do tricks.

-A group of rats is called a mischief.

-Male rats are called bucks, unmated females are called does

-In Leviticus 11:29, mice (possibly rats) are prohibited as food.

-Rats are part of the rodent family.

-Rats are scavengers.

-Rats are used to help humans in many ways (even though some of these ways may seem very inhuman to some). Rats help troops canvas fields for explosive mines. And rats are used in laboratories to help find medicines and cures for diseases. Because of a rat you might be alive today.

-Rats are very plentiful and reproduce in large numbers. Because of this they are a primary food source for many animals like owls, hawks, snakes, members of the weasel family, and many large predators. Without rats many of these animals would have nothing to eat.

-Rats are poor climbers, but very good swimmers.
-A rats life span is about 2 to 3 years.
-Rats do not have any thumbs.

-Rats can chew through metals such as copper and aluminium.

-Rats have very poor eyesight and are colorblind.

We of course have been reading our World of Animals book from Master Books which we absolutely love as well as these books we picked up from the library.

Want FREE resources including a Rat notebooking/copywork worksheet? Visit the Wildlife Wednesday Group Page to access them along with lots of other great information, freebies, giveaways and more.

Kathy @ Kathy's Cluttered Mind

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Comment by David Thomas Posey on December 19, 2012 at 12:29pm

Another fact about rats (albeit a week late):  Rats will use string or twine and stretch it across spaces kind of like tightropes.  I have never seen them run across these ropes, but they have done this several times in one of our farm sheds.  I'm not sure how they secure the twine in place, but it has to be cut down.

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