Rodent Types

Harvest Mouse

The harvest mouse, Micromys minutes, the tiny British rodent is largely inconspicuous to the human eye. It is natural to small habitats, not ideal at all times, although adaptable, highly opportunistic and intelligent. Contrary to the other varieties of the British mice their nose is blunt, eyes small and ears with tiny hairs and comparatively smaller; their tail is prehensile, of length equal to the head and body fur is russet orange and white underside. It is about 50-70 mm long and weighs 4-6 kg.

Nile Rat

The Nile Rat also called African Grass Rat or Kusu rat is a big one and convenient for breeding and keeping in custody. The body of the Nile Rat is fat and short, with a stout and the body colored tawny to dark gray-brown or brown in color. Black and yellow strongly ticked hairs cover its sides.  Even though they are not aggressive, they are very easy to handle and may bite only if troubled.

Short-eared Elephant Shrew

Macroscelides Proboscideus or the short-eared elephant shrew, otherwise known as round-eared elephant shrew or as round-eared sengi, belonging to the family of Macroscelididae, is a variety of elephant shrew. There is only one of its varieties in this genus, and this condition they call monotypic.  Elephant shrews are four-legged, tiny, insectivorous mammals similar to the opossums or rodents having lengthened snouts, tails with scales and comparatively long legs to suit their size that takes care of the hopping movement style similar to the rabbits. Their size differs from 19 cm to nearly 30 cm, and weigh between 50 g to 500 g. The average size of the short-eared elephant shrew is 150mm (5.9”). The fur on the body is grayish brown and the underside is white. It has its nostrils at the end of the flexible snout.  They are dull as pets; they are timid and mate for life. A few states prohibit capturing and caging such wild animals. You require a special license in other states.