This article is from the WSSF 2017 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.
From Nikki Kimura, Pacific Coast Rattery, CA
Did You Know? Different strains of lab rats see things differently. I attended a Charles River Laboratory Vivarium Symposium and this was one part that interested me greatly. This shows the sight differences in rats and humans.
Since they are burrow-dwelling, nocturnal, and crepuscular animals, it does make sense.
They are olfactory and auditory rich to compensate for the poor vision. And their whiskers act like a set of finger tips to feel their environment in place of vision.
They have the ability to see in the ultraviolet spectrum as well.