Lesser bandicoot rat

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Lesser bandicoot rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Bandicota
Binomial name
Bandicota bengalensis
Gray, 1835

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. They may be 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 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, which is a marsupial.

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.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Lesser Bandicoot rat". IUCN Red List 2008. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/2540/0. Retrieved 2009-08-07.