Habitat & Range
The dumbo-hooded rat originated in the United States and has become completely domesticated.
Dumbo-hooded rats are a subspecies of the fancy rat. Dumbo is the term given to their body type, which is characterized by low, round ears on the sides of the head. They are referred to as hooded due to their color pattern in which the one color covers the whole head and runs down the spine. Color patterns range in color between white, gray, brown and white.
As an omnivore, the dumbo-hooded rat naturally feeds on both animal and vegetable matter. The basic nutritional requirements are met when diet consists of 75% carbohydrates, 7% protein and very little fat. They can be fed a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds.
Reproduction & Lifespan
An adult female comes into heat every 4 to 5 days during the summer (less often during the colder months). Once they reach maturity, they will mate as often as possible, producing between 2 and 24 babies with each litter. Despite their intimidating reproductive powers, rats have a form of population control. If their environment is too crowded, a pheromone build-up will occur which prevents the females’ ability to carry babies.
A dumbo-hooded rat has an average lifespan of 2 years.
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