Dumbo Rat

Latin name Rattus norvegicus
Class Mammal
Order Rodentia
Family Muridae
IUCN status Not listed
Habitat Domestic

General information

Dumbo Rats are a variety of the fancy rat species, or brown rat, which were first bred to be domesticated in The United States.

Their tame nature makes them suitable as pets. They come in a variety of colours ranging from white to blue.

Dumbo Rats have a unique feature which sets them apart from other fancy rats: its ears! The ears of the Dumbo rat are set much lower on the head which gives them the appearance of sticking out further. 

Rats are a type of ‘rodent’ (mammals characterized by the presence of a pair of incisors which grow continuously in both the upper and lower jaws) most commonly found to have pointed snouts with large whiskers, long scaled tails and slender bodies. Rodents can be found on every continent in world except Antarctica! They breed regularly, they  have a gestation period of approximately 23 days and produce particularly large litters of offspring, from between 6-16 pups, that are born completely helpless. They are omnivores and so will eat both plant and animal materials.

Diet: Pellets, fruit, vegetables.

Lifespan: 2/3 years.

Fun fact

They are named after the Disney character Dumbo!

Keeper Notes

Our three boys are:

Bailey - has a white nose

Baxter - has a dark hood

Bandit - has a dark hood and a dark stripe down his back

Come and have a go at guessing who is who!