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What Does a Rat Look Like?

Rats tend to exhibit many of the same characteristics of other rodents. The two front incisors are enlarged and continue to grow throughout the rat’s life. As a result, rats engage in constant gnawing, which causes considerable damage to homes. Rats have fur that is more prevalent on the body than on the ears and tail. They run on four legs and are capable of standing upright on their two back legs.

Rat in Kitchen Pantry

Rat in Kitchen Pantry

Size, color, tail length, ear size and fur texture typically differ among rat species. Norway rats are large and rotund, while roof rats are long and slender. The roof rat’s tail is longer than the body of the rat, while the Norway rat’s tail tends to not be as long as its body. The heads of rats range from blunt with aquiline noses to long and pointed.

Rat Behavior

Rat Borne Diseases

Rat Diet

Rat Fleas

Rat Habitat

Rat Holes

Rat Identification

Rat Infestation

Rat or Muskrat + Differences

Rat Sense of Smell

Rat Tracks

Rat Varieties

Enemies and Predators of Rats

Rat Bites


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What do Roof Rats Look Like? | Get Rid of Rats

Roof rat illustration

What do Rats Eat? | Rodent Diet Facts

What are Rat Fleas? | Rat Fleas vs. Dog or Cat Fleas

Diseases Caused By Rodent Droppings | Get Rid of Rats

Rat Bites

Rat Traps

Different Types of Rat Species

My carpet has been chewed by rats


What could have done this? Would it be in the house?

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I work in a granite shop, and we have a lot of rats. They are big and ugly. I wonder if there exists any spray or something similar which can kill rats.

Enemies and Predators of Rats

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