Although Rats are often kept as childhood pets, those purchased in a pet store are of considerably different breeding to wild Rats. Wild Rats carry diseases and infections that can be passed to humans, the most famous of which was the 'Black Death' introduced to Britain around 1348 spread by fleas predominately from Black Rats.

Rat Facts & Figures

  • Life span 9 - 18 months
  • Sexually mature at 9 - 12 weeks
  • Average 7 litters per year, 8 - 10 per litter
  • A single female rat could produce on average 74 young in a year
  • That rat's offspring could produce on average 5476 young in a year
  • All capable of carrying a wide range of different diseases