Do rats have bones? How can they fit in such small holes?
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You would think that rats didn't have any bones at all, with the way
that they can squeeze through even the tiniest gaps with relative ease.
Fat mice and rats getting stuck in holes is left to the comics and
animated movie series, their bodies much better equipped to deal with
small spaces than we like to admit. That's what makes them so dangerous
to your home. They just need the space about a third of an inch in
diameter to squeeze through, bones and all.
Rats do have bones, it's their body shape which makes them so great at
squeezing their body through the smallest of spaces. they are rather
cylindrical in shape, in case you hadn't seen, and when you add
flexibility and length to the mix, you have a recipe for success. If you
want to fit yourself through a small space, of course.
In the wild these are animals that would naturally burrow, fitting their
bodies through small underground holes. This is why they are so good at
fitting in those gaps next to the pipework in your home, or in gaps of
brickwork where the chimney joins the rest of the home, for example.
How do they know whether or not they will fit through a gap? Well, it's
all in the whiskers. they use these long strands to figure out whether
or not they can get through, and that's why you won't ever find a rat
mouse or rat stuck in a hole. They're much smarter than that. If the
whiskers say they won't fit, they won't even attempt it. They'll gnaw
and chew to try and make the hole bigger, or they'll move on to another
one that they CAN squeeze through. They are relentless at it too!
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