INDIAN BUSH RAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

INDIAN BUSH RAT

INDIAN BUSH RAT


DESCRIPTION: Slightly smaller than the House Rat, the Indian Bush Rat differs from the former in many ways. A reddish or yellowish brown rodent, it has a long tail that is brownish above and yellowish grey below. The head is vole-like and eyes are large. Its ears are very large and conch-like, and hairy on the outside, a unique characteristic of this rat, as are the naked and black soles of its hind feet.

BEHAVIOUR: It burrows under thick bush and makes characteristic pathways from its burrow to its foraging ground. It is arboreal as well as terrestrial by nature and often raids crop fields and coffee estates.

DISTRIBUTION: Peninsular India, east to western Assam (north of River Brahmaputra).

HABITAT: Grassland and scrub forests.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Size: 11.4–15.5 cm

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