CHESTNUT RAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: India is home to half a dozen species of soft, densely furred, high-altitude rats that are assigned to the genus Niviventer. Nearly all of them are richly coloured on the back, while the underside is white or very pale. The tail is slightly longer than the head and body. Some of the species have spines in the fur, but none of them have guard hairs. The Chestnut Rat has chestnut–brown, tending to reddish upper parts and clear white underparts. Its tail is bicoloured with a dark tip and flexible (N. niviventer has an unfurred tip and holds its tail rather erect). It has a brown stripe on its feet that continues up to the fingers and toes. It has small auditory bullae.


DISTRIBUTION: Foothills of the Himalayas, from the western Himalayas to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

HABITAT: Evergreen, coniferous and deciduous forests and forests edges.

Size: 14–16 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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