Fun Rat Facts

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


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