Pet rat ~ black and white So miss having pet rats!!

Pet rats can be found in whites, beiges, peaches, tans, browns, blacks, and greys.
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The names Black rat and Brown rat do not really tell you anything about the color of these animals; you can find black Brown rats and vice versa. Within the pet trade, you can find a long row of different colors and patterns. Pet rats are normally around 14-18 in (35-45 cm) in length and weighs around 0.5 lbs (220 grams), while the size of wild rats varies greatly.
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There are so many different kinds of rats! On television, we hearabout wood rats and kangaroo rats and black rats and Norway rats. Inarticles about scientific research, we read about Wistar and Fisherand Sprague Dawley rats. Among pet rat owners, we hear about dumboand rex rats, hairless and berkshire, platinum and tailless. What arethese different kinds of rats? How are they related to eachother? Like traditional pet rats, they can have red or black eyes based on their fur color.
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There are definately black rats still in the fancy, there are even you tube vids of them playing with domestic rats, but afik there is no domesticated population available to fanciers... If you live in a warm enough climate and know an exterminator I suppose he could help you find a nest with pups before he wipes them out if you really wanted one. By the time they leave the nest, I'm pretty sure it would be too late to make a decent pet out of one.The Brown or Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus, is the species which was domesticated into what we recognize as Fancy or pet rats. This animal began steadily colonizing Europe, and particularly England, in the early 18th century. Upon its arrival the Brown rat was quick to drive out the indigenous Black rats. Because it was larger and more adaptable, the Brown rat was able to thrive in environments that were not suitable for the Black rats. Thus England was somewhat overrun with rats.Still, although it's hard to imagine that a stable domestic strain could be extracted from currently captive rat colonies without substantial cooperation and colaboration from the keepers of a at least a few of those colonies and that there is sufficient demand to keep an industry going, UK zoos do sound like a good place to get a single rat or a few to keep as pets. And the keepers there might at least point you at pups from a "nicer" female. As wild black rats still roam the southern US as vermin, I don't know of any local zoos that keep them here in the US. But I'm sure your UK counterparts might benefit from your information as might those surplus baby rats at the zoos that are most likely going towards feeding something else right now. And who knows, human nature being what it is, the rat keepers at the zoos might have been unintentionally culling the worst of the worst genes out of their colonies for decades, just to eliminate the sick and the unusually nasty specimens so they wouldn't get bit, so there may be very fine pets to be found there.Human cities had changed, and now two species of rat were competing for the position of "sanitation worker" and the ability to live off of human spoils. Being larger, better able to handle cold weather, and well suited to burrowing and life underground or in sewers of the redisigned cities, the brown rats spread quickly, driving the black rats out of cities and much of Europe.With so many wild rats in England it was necessary to find some form of control. This led to a new career for some people, that of rat catcher. One of these men, the Royal Rat Catcher Jack Black, can be credited as the originator of the first true domestic rats. In the course of his work, when he came upon strangely colored animals, he kept and bred them. Eventually he had Albino, Black, Fawn, Grey, and Marked animals which he bred and sold as pets. Between the 1840s and 1860s Jimmy Shaw and Jack Black sold many animals and provided the background from which our present day domestic rats originate.Some of the more exotic colors and markings in Rats are Siamese, Blue, Silver Black, Silver Fawn, Lilac, Cinnamon, Black-eyed White, Cinnamon Pearl, Lynx, Silver Agouti, Silver Lilac, Blue Point Siamese, Capped, Variegated, and Blaze. Rex rats have a curly coat, Tailless are born with no tails, and Hairless have no fur! Most rats that you find in the pet shops are Hooded, Self (all one solid color), and Irish/Berkshire (solid color top with white on the belly) in Agouti (brown, the color most often seen in the wild rats and mice), Fawn (looks orange with dark eyes), Beige (tan with dark eyes), Black, and Pink-eyed White (albino).