This article is from the WSSF 2016 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
By Karen Robbins
Q I am very interested in attempting to learn more about rat or rodent behavior, in particular, how light affects them physiologically and psychologically, including their avoidance of bright light. I find that rats and mice are most sensitive to the colors of green and blue. But because rats don’t have many cones, I was trying to find out, for instance, if they would be more sensitive perhaps to white light than green of the same intensity or the reverse. Could you provide more information about this or direct me to a source or sources? Thank you for your assistance.
A We have three articles regarding how light is harmful to rodent eyes:
Rats and Sunlight,
Eye Discharge. And on the
Rat Behavior and Biology web site are these articles
What Do Rats See? and
Rat’s Eyes. In a Google search I found
of rats for ultraviolet and visible lights and Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets, Chapter 7.
In doing other research I found how lighting can have various negative effects on rodents:
We don’t have anything that specifically answers your questions. You can do a search on PubMed to see if you can find the answers to your questions.