Lesser Bandicoot rat
|Lesser Bandicoot Rat|
The Lesser Bandicoot rat, Bandicota bengalensis, is a rodent. It lives in south Asia. It can grow up to 40cm long. It is a rat, but is not in the genus Rattus, but in the genus Bandicota. Many see it as a pest to cereal crops, and gardens in India and Sri Lanka. When attacking the rat grunts like a pig. Their fur is dark brown on the back (dorsally, as scientists say), and usually lighter or darker grey on the belly-side (ventrally). The length of their body is about 25cm, and the tail is shorter than the body.
Location[change | change source]
Sometimes, the rats live in empty houses in villages. When they feel threatened, they are very aggressive. Many also see them as a threat to infants (babies). Packs of Lesser Bandicoot rats have been known to attack and devour infants left alone.
Misunderstandings[change | change source]
Despite its name, the rat is not related to the Bandicoot.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says there are large numbers of Lesser Bandicoot rats found over a wide area. They have listed them as being of Least Concern for survival into the future.