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SMALL MAMMALS - THE INDOCHINESE FOREST RAT

ANOTHER SMALL MAMMAL - THE INDOCHINESE FOREST RAT AKA SIKKIM RAT (Rattus andamanensis)

SEE THEM: You may see the native Indochinese forest rat or chestnut spiny rat climbing around at night in the forests. Both are seed hoarders and may help to disperse native tree species.


The order Rodentia, or rodents, is characterised by small, highly adaptable, and reproductively prolific mammals. They can be recognised by the two incisors in the upper, as well as in the lower, jaw which grow continuously and must be kept worn down by gnawing. In Hong Kong, we have ten species in three families: rats/mice, squirrels and porcupines. If you see a large rodent in an urban setting it is almost certainly an introduced rat; probably a brown rat or a roof rat as these are human commensals (in which members of one species gain benefits; in this case the rats benefit from the urban environment).

SPECIES ID: The rat's colouring is brownish upperparts and a white underside.

And here are a couple inthe UK in my sister's garden



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