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Random Musings => Miscellany => Where The Wild Things Are => Topic started by: FatBloke on August 16, 2009, 10:09:37 am

Title: Rat or mouse?
Post by: FatBloke on August 16, 2009, 10:09:37 am
The cat had a successful night's hunting and left her spoils on the doorstep.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2472/3825921656_4e653c1103.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2587/3825921618_675ca4d4c4.jpg)


But is it a very big mouse or a baby rat? I'm thinking it's a baby rat as the head and feet are large and so is it's nose whereas a mouseseses features tend to be more delicate.

What say you?
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Ian H on August 16, 2009, 10:12:29 am
Young rat.
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Moloko on August 16, 2009, 10:22:21 am

Ratus needs tokens to pay the Ferryman.


(http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss226/SgtBikeo/3825921618_675ca4d4c4.jpg)
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: juliet on August 16, 2009, 12:40:32 pm
Young rat.  Mice are really quite little!
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: nicknack on August 10, 2015, 04:46:17 pm
Thread resurrection time.
So, is this a rat or a mouse? I suspect it's a young rat. Found a hole in the ground in an old veg patch so I investigated with the aid of a garden fork. Half a dozen or so of these little blighters disappeared in all directions. Body length about 6cm.
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/nicknacknick/rat_zpsktxpymwh.jpg) (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/nicknacknick/media/rat_zpsktxpymwh.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Peter on August 10, 2015, 05:07:41 pm
I think that's a full-size house mouse.
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: nicknack on August 10, 2015, 06:44:19 pm
Would it be usual to find a nest of half a dozen house mice underground in the garden?
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Post by: hellymedic on August 10, 2015, 07:24:29 pm
I'm fairly sure partner had such a tribe eating the cabling under his observatory.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 10, 2015, 07:39:27 pm
'ees a hamster!
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Basil on August 10, 2015, 07:44:00 pm
'ees a hamster!
Basiiiil
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 10, 2015, 08:15:03 pm
Rat.

Compare to pictures on google.

(http://www.azdeadpestcontrol.com.au/housemouse.jpg)

House mouse

(http://www.hainaultforest.co.uk/Rat4.JPG)

Rat.

The black ends of its fur, and the thicker tail are, in my view, pretty clear in your picture, Nicknack.
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: nicknack on August 10, 2015, 11:55:15 pm
'Twas what I thought. Cheers.
Whatever they were, they haven't got a home any more.
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Peter on August 11, 2015, 01:10:44 am
Would it be usual to find a nest of half a dozen house mice underground in the garden?

It wouldn't be that unusual, or in compost heaps.  However the "rats" may be right!
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 11, 2015, 11:16:08 am
I think I have mentioned this before, but it's worth the retelling.

When he retired from teaching my dad expanded his poultry hobby into a small business, from a dozen hens in the garden just to keep the family in eggs to up to 200 hens in 2 houses. There was, of course, a lot of chicken shit and quite a store of food for them. One afternoon he noticed a rat disappear into a hole in a dung heap. He looked down the hole and could see a pair of eyes looking back at him. He called me (I think I was on holiday from college) and we alerted the dog. I gathered my cricket bat on the way and he turned the dung heap over with his fork. In the next half-hour the dog and I had killed 21 rats and I reckon that at least as many had escaped.

I have a photograph somewhere of me in cricket whites, leaning on my bat, with a dog and 21 dead rats spread out in front of us.
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Pickled Onion on August 11, 2015, 12:46:03 pm

Hunting with dogs? I guess rats don't have nice fluffy tails.  :demon:
Title: Re: Rat or mouse?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 11, 2015, 01:12:10 pm
I used to catch rabbits using a ferret.