American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2017 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.


Rat Vision

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.

Rodent vision

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.

Human vs. rat vision

April 11, 2019