Differences Between Rats and Muskrats

Both Norway and roof rats tend to dwell near human habitats. They live in large communities and are polygynous in nature. Rats live primarily on land and prefer to build their nests underground, in trees or in elevated areas within buildings.

Muskrats, on the other hand, are aquatic and prefer to live in the wetlands. Their populations are much less profuse. The muskrat is named for the musky odor is emits when threatened. Muskrats are extremely territorial creatures.

Muskrats have thicker tails than rats and can survive longer underwater. Muskrats look more like their relatives the beaver with their thick coat of fur and stocky appearance.

Rat Behavior

Rat Borne Diseases

Rat Diet

Rat Fleas

Rat Habitat

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Rat Identification

Rat Infestation

Rat Sense of Smell

Rat Tracks

Rat Varieties

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Enemies and Predators of Rats

Rat Bites


Dig Deeper on Rats

Rat Traps

Different Types of Rat Species

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