- Alignment: Evil
- Nicknames: None
- Appearance: Rats look like bipedal, clothed rats in our
world. Searats often have ears pierced several times over with gold
rings, and sometimes tattoos. Searats prefer the cutlass for their
weapon. While rats look a lot like mice, they tend to be larger,
uglier, stockier, and rougher in appearance.
- Diet: Anything.
- Typical Personality: Rats are one of the less intelligent vermin
species, but they aren't as stupid as stoats - not for the most part, at
least. Don't be too hasty to label them stupid as a whole, though-
they range from quite intelligent to quite stupid, though most are on the
latter end of the spectrum. However, Cluny the Scourge was a rat, and he was fairly intelligent- one
of the few vermin to conquer Redwall. Many of the rats in the
other books are no higher in rank than common soldiers, and usually
blundering idiots. Searats, however, seem to be a breed apart- they
are usually more intelligent than their landbound cousins.
- Habits: Rats tend to either have a pirate's slang (if they're
searats) or an indescribable accent that labels them as none too bright and
not too savory either. However, there are some rats who speak with a
cultured accent or in a common woodland style.
- Classification: Order: Rodentia; Suborder: Sciurognathi; Family:
Muridae; Species: Rattus rattus
- Other Names: Black rat, ship rat, house rat, roof rat
- Appearance: Rats are usually colored some shade between black to
tawny brown, but rarely are more than one color. The underside is
paler than the dorsal side. The rats are usually 18-22 cm long, with a
tail that is 18.5-24 cm long.
- Life Span:
- Diet: Rats are omnivorous and eat just about anything - seeds,
nuts, vegetables, fruits, insects, invertebrates, and other materials such
as soap, paper, hides, and beeswax.
- Habitat: Black rats live in high places off the ground, making
loose, round nests of shredded vegetation, cloth, or other suitable material.
They live in trees or on roofs. They live in cities, villages,
cultivated fields, and many undisturbed habitats.
- Typical Personality: Rats are territorial yet sociable. They
form clans of up to sixty rats, usually containing a dominant male and
sometimes a male hierarchy. The females have their own, separate
hierarchy as well. Females tend to be more aggressive than the
males. Kits are exempt from the social squabbling and are fed by any
rat, including the dominant ones.
- Habits: Rats are nocturnal, being mostly active at dusk and
night. They are excellent climbers and can almost literally go
straight up a wall.
- Life Cycle: Female rats have between 3 and 7 litters a year, any
time of the year, and have six to twenty-two kits per litter. The kits
are weaned after three to four weeks of life.
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