Just how GIANT can giant rats get? – Mirror.co.uk

A dozen families were evacuated from their homes in Somerset after a five year rat infestation got out of control.

It appears the infestation got so bad the maintenance staff refused to enter a resident’s home to repair the damage through fear they would be attacked!

And who could blame them? A giant rat recently spotted in Dublin was estimated to be two feet long (600mm) from head to tail! Most scientists, however, measure the length of rats using the head and body, excluding the tail.

Under that measurement we reckon that “monster” rats are about 307mm long.

It’s a monster compared to most rats

This graphic shows the length distribution of a population of 1,098 urban brown rats from an academic study.

About 50% of brown rats they found were between 200-240mm long. The longest rat they found was 275mm long.

So a 300mm+ “monster” rat is a REALLY big one. But it’s not that far off the end of our length distribution chart.

Source: A comparison of reproductive potential of two rat populations

Comparing the giant rat to a common cat

Still it would be scary prospect. Not least if there were several dozen of them. Here’s our *estimated* graphic where we’ve attempted to visualise the difference in size between a big “normal” rat and a monster rat of the type found before in Dublin and possibly Somerset.

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