Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
They appear to be much larger ( 3 head to tail ) and live far longer . Average weight 3lbs but can attain a weight of 9 to 10 lbs !!

They are an invasive species in Florida apparently after a breeder released his in the 90s


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Wow, I never knew much about these, & after reading up a bit, I personally wouldn't want one either. Much more defensive/aggressive & unpredictable than the typical domestic rats I've kept- now I see why you were worried about losing a finger or something- yikes!

I can remember reading an article where actor Ernest Borgnine talked about making the 1971 horror movie "Willard" with the rats- as I recall, they smeared him with peanut butter, so the rats would lick him & appeared to be eating him in the story- and he said none of them bit him- just gently licked. That's the experience I've had with tame pet rats too.