i have a pet rat. they are quite entertaining beasts really, and much more fun than guinea pigs, who don't do owt.
I rat-sat for a friend. She worked in a science lab and looked after one or two after they'd finished experimented on them. Mousse his name was. Cute little fella, sort of like a hamster but with a bigger tail. Caused us a bit of a problem when we accidentally let him out whilst there was ironing being done and he chewed a massive hole in my brother's Dunhill polo shirt. Oops!
The only other thing which put me off the little blighter as a pet was the weak bladder. If you let him crawl up your leg he'd leave a constant little trail of drips and dribbles. Awww. Is that normal?
Rat's are a pain (I have horses and hate seeing rats in the feed room) but I wouldn't put poison down unless the rat run was close to buildings. There's more chance that another animal would eat the poison and die a horrible death. (most rat poisons e.g. warfarin, cause blood thinning and a painful death from internal bleeding.)
I have rats in my loft, and the buggers chew the insulation off power cables.
This can result in expensive call-outs to electricians, and at worst could cause a fire.
I poison and trap them, although they seem to have learned to avoid the traps. They LOVE the poison, though I'm beginning to think they've grown immune to it
I have nothng against rats in the garden even in a urban area. I think it is when they get into houses and do damage as described by Wilkie that they become a problem. But then if we will make buildings so inviting for them then what can we expect?
Agree with EKGO.
Near or inside the houses yes...out there in the wild? why? You could end up poisoning other animals.
Wilkie: Rats do grow inmune to poison if you keep using the same one...well the next generations do but they reproduce so fast it looks like it.
A guy brought a corn snake into school the other day. It was called kellog.
Nothing to do with rats, but thats me!
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