Lesser Bandicoot Rat (Bandicota bengalensis)
The Lesser Bandicoot Rat is a species of rodent that is found in many parts of India and other parts of Southeast Asia. They have a brownish-gray fur, a pointed snout, and large ears, and are typically around 20-25 cm in length.
Lesser Bandicoot Rats are omnivorous and feed on a variety of foods, including grains, fruits, and insects. They are known for their burrowing ability and can often be found living in underground tunnels and burrows.
These rats are considered an agricultural pest due to their ability to damage crops and property. They are also capable of carrying and transmitting a number of diseases to humans and other animals.
Lesser Bandicoot Rats are generally solitary animals and are primarily active at night. They are known for their rapid breeding, with females giving birth to multiple litters of offspring each year.
Overall, while the Lesser Bandicoot Rat may be considered a pest species in many areas, they play an important ecological role in their native habitats and are an interesting and adaptable species.