Types of rats in South Africa
- Black rat
- Brown rat
How fast do they spread?
A female rat can mate as many as 500 times with various males during a six-hour period of receptivity. A pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked.
Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage.
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis is transmitted through the saliva of rats.
Did you know?
- Rats succumb to peer-pressure.
- Rats take care of other injured/ sick rats in their group.
- Rats can remember anything. Once they learn a new route, they will never forget it.
- Rats are clean animals, they spending hours every day grooming themselves and their group members.
- Rats can go longer than 5 days without having a drink of water.
- Rats’ tails help them to balance and communicate.
- Rat’s teeth are strong enough to cut through concrete.
- An average rat’s life span is two to three years.