Fun Rat Facts

Rats have truly amazing anatomical features that have contributed to their success in the wild.

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As impressive as the most highly trained special agents, rats have been observed to do the following amazing feats, with no fancy spy gadgets or special training:

  • Crawl through holes the size of a quarter.
  • Climb brick walls as if they had rungs.
  • Tread water for three days.
  • Gnaw through cinder blocks with teeth that exert 24,000 pounds per square inch.
  • Survive being flushed down a toilet and then entering the buildings by that same route.
  • Fall from a five-story building and then run away unscathed.

(Sources:Rat: Lapdog of the Devil (July, 1977), National Geographic; Whishaw & Kolb, The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat, 2005, New York: Oxford University Press)


Fascinating video from National Geographic about rats