Why are they called "Roof Rats"?

 

Roof Rats get their name from their special ability to get into homes via the roof. They do well living in close proximity to humans in attics and ceilings. These somewhat aerial creatures are also known as the black rat, fruit rat, ship rat, and palm rat. Roof rats can cause major damage to your home. They chew through insulation, drywall, and even electrical wires. Below is more information on roof rats:

 

Description of the Roof Rat

Scientific Name: Rattus Rattus

Color: Black to brownish-gray; hard to identify by color alone

Weight: 6-12 ounces; smaller than Norway Rat

Length: 6-8 inches

Tail Length: 7-10 inches; longer than the body

Body: Thin, slender body, pointed nose

Ears: Relatively small; close to body

Eyes: Large & prominent eyes; color blind

Lifespan: 5 to 18 months

Droppings: ½ inch long with pointed ends; dark color; found scattered

Reproduction of the Roof Rat

Litter Size: 4-8 pups per litter

No. of Litters: 3-4 per year

Sexual Maturity: 2-3 months

Gestation Period: 22 days

Breeding Season: Indoors: All year; Outdoors: Spring & Fall

Diet of the Roof Rat

Daily Amount: 0.5-1 ounce

Daily Water: 1 ounce

Daily Food: Fruits, berries, meats, seeds, vegetables, eggs

Habitat of the Roof Rat

Geography:Nearby coastal cities; as a general rule they do not occur more than 100 miles inland

Nest Location:Nests in attics, false ceilings, dead fronds of palm trees, and upper portions of buildings

Home Range:Up to 300 ft. from nest

Active Periods:Nocturnal; most feeding occurs 30 minutes after sunset and before sunrise

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