This is not about explaining the differences between rats, such as a brown rat and a roof rat. Or the differences between a kangaroo rat, a fancy rat, a sewer rat, a sugar cane rat, and a cotton rat. And not about the Year of the Rat, or the stamp with a rat on it.
This article is also not about the difference between house mice or house mouse and a field mouse or jumping mouse. Or the difference between a deer mouse and a singing mouse.
THIS IS ABOUT WILD RATS and WILD MICE...NOT TAME RATS, LAB RATS, or similar mice.
Did you see a mouse (above left) or a rat (above right)? I thought they were different but I am not sure. Can you tell me quickly what the easy to see difference is between a rat and a mouse?
Note: These guidelines are for adult mice and rats. As babies they look so similar that only their parents know what they are. They do not interbreed.
- Mice are tiny wren sized rodents.
- Rats are larger pigeon sized rodents.
- Mice weigh in at a tiny 1/2 ounce give or take a little.
- Rats weigh in at 1/2 to 1 pound, much heavier than a mouse.
3. BODY LENGTH:
- A mouse is from 3 to 4 inches long.
- A rat is from 9 to 11 inches long.
4. TAIL LENGTH:
- A mouse tail is 3 to 4 inches.
- A rat tail is 7 to 9 inches.
5. HEAD SIZE:
- A mouse head is small, triangular, and pointed.
- A rat head is blunt, heavy and chunky looking.
- Mice have 5 pair.
- Rats have 6 pair.
- Mice eyes open in 3 days and have fur in 10 days.
- Rats eyes open in 6 days and have fur in 15 days.
- Mice droppings are about 1/8 inch long and are pointed both ends.
- Rat droppings are about 5/8 inch long and curved.
- Mice do NOT kill rats.
- Rats kill and eat mice.
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To learn more about rats of all kinds like Norway rats, Brown rats, Roof rats, Sewer rats, Cotton rats and HOW TO GET RID OF RATS...Click here.