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What is the range of a rat?

Last Updated: 5th March, 2020

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Our common rat, the brown rat, has an average home range of 25 to 100 feet from its nest. The rat will typically travel that distance at night looking for food and water. Rats living close to available food will have a shorter range, and some unlucky rats will travel several hundred feet each night to find food.

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Similarly one may ask, how far will a rat travel?

Each night, rats can travel from 100 to 300 feet from the nest in search of food. House mice can search for food and nesting materials in an area as small as 10 feet from the nest or as far as 50 feet away.

Similarly, what is the body covering of a rat? Rats have brown, gray, or black fur covering their body, except for their ears, tail, and feet (the familiar white lab rat is an albino form of R. norvegicus).

Furthermore, how far can a rat fall without getting hurt?

Rats can fall from a height of 50 feet without getting hurt. Rats can jump three feet in the air from a flat surface and leap more than four feet horizontally.

How big is the average rat?

Brown rat: 230 g Black rat: 75 – 230 g Polynesian rat: 40 – 80 g

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