Last week someone called me up. They had trapped a Rat on their property. When he took it out of the trap, it was frozen  and still had a  piece of cheese in it’s mouth.

Did you know there are about 50-60 different species of Rats! The first species were found in Asia and Australia. Over time these rodents have travelled all over the world, they are now in every country. In the USA the city with the most amount of Rats is Chicago, Los Angeles is 2nd, and New York comes in third.

In Canada, for  Ontario Toronto comes in first followed by Mississauga, Scarborough, London and Etobicoke.

In BC Vancouver comes in #1, followed by Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, then Surrey, both Kelowna and Vernon rank in the top 20.

In Atlantic Canada Nova Scotia comes in first, followed by P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. Apparently Alberta is the only province that doesn’t have Rats.

Rats can have 6 different litters per year,  each litter can have up to 12 rat babies also called “rat pups”. Rats can reach their sexual maturity at nine weeks, so one population can grow from 2 to about 1,250 rats being born in one year, YIKES! 

What is really scary is since the Pandemic Rats are going to more homes than ever, with more and more people working from home, and restaurants closing, the Rats are finding new places to be.  

Rats like mice carry different diseases  including the Plague. 

Rats are not usually solitaire animals, where there is one, there is more. 

When a Rat is sick or injured the other Rats in their group will look after it. A rat that lives by itself will tend to become lonely and depressed. Even though Rats are a curious breed, they are also very shy, they would rather run away than face any type of threat.

They can retain all navigation routes, with their fantastic memories.

Rats when they are happy, make chattering sounds, grind their teeth, and sometimes their eyes even vibrate. They can make happy laughter sounds when they play.

Rats are always grooming themselves and the members in their group.

Rats live under peer pressure just like humans, Some types of Rats will even eat food that is unpalatable to them, just because their peers are eating it.

A Rats size is about 25cm long and their tails are about an extra 20cm. Their long tails help to balance them, help them to communicate with other Rats, and it also will regulate their body temperatures.

They can live 2-3 years.

Rats have been known to go longer than a Camel without drinking water.

In the Chinese Zodiac the Rat is the first one of the twelve animals, if you were born under this year don’t worry, it’s not bad. It said that you have creativity, intelligence, honesty, ambition, and you are a generous person.

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.