Two Most Popular Types Of Rats


This bushy-tailed jird, Sekeetamys calurus is a variety of rodents of the Muridae family. In the genus Sekeetamys, the Bushy-tailed jird is the solitary member. They are almost similar in size to the Mongolian Gerbils but thinner and longer in build. Their whiskers are very conspicuous; their faces are long and pointed. The most notable feature is their tail. The length of their body and head is 9.8 to 12.8 cm; and tail grows to 11 to 16.4 cm. When in captivity, they weigh from 80 – 95 gm This Bushy –tailed jirds are easy to tame, they hardly bite you, and they are very friendly and on occasions, take food from your hands.

Greater Egyptian Jerboa

This undersized Jerboa appears as a perfect combination of assorted spare parts of animals, yet it splendidly adjusts to harsh surroundings similar to the Sahara and Gobi Deserts.  The Greater Egyptian Jerboa (jaculus orientalis) is a variety of rodents of the family Dipodidae. The hind legs and feet of the Greater Egyptian Jerboa are very long, like that of the kangaroo, even though their forelegs are comparatively small, bearing full-grown claws meant for sifting through sand in search of food. It bears a coat colored pale/ sandy, a long tail having at its end a tuft of fur, ears and large eyes that help to keep them away from predators and notice fast movements.  They have a 7 to 15 cm long body. It is too early to decide whether these Jerboas are ideal as pets; they stay secretive and very wary.

Fancy Rat

The most common variety among the pet rats is the domesticated brown hued rat, called fancy rat (Rattus norvegicus); their huge resource of energy makes it a real entertaining to see them. These fancy rats find pleasure in running on the exercising balls as well as on wheels. These inquisitive and pleasant fancy rats enjoy having fun, take delight in interacting and playing with their owners. Size: body 6 – 11 inches; tail 7 – 9 inches, weight: 6-18 ounces. A few males weigh up to 2 pounds, average lifespan: 1.5 to 3 years. Persistence and endurance will go a long way in handling your fancy rats. Use low volume comforting tones while talking to these pets because they have an exceptional hearing ability and frighten easily,