The biggest difference is that pet rats have been bred to have less active adrenal glands than their wild cousins, making them calmer and less aggressive.
They tend to have larger eyes and ears and a more chunky shape, and to walk where wild rats tend to bound.
How can you tell if a rat is wild?
In the wild, most rats have the same colored fur. Brown and black are the two most common colors for wild rats. Most brown rats have light brown or white fur on their underbellies.
Can a wild rat be a pet?
Wild rats are indeed dirty and can carry diseases, but domesticated ones are totally free from diseases and very clean. Just like cats and dogs, they will need to be taken to the vet regularly and it is vital that they are handled from an early age so they get used to being touched.
What color are wild rats?
Wild rats mostly bear the same color. The most common colors are brown and black for the wild rats. Brown rats have light brown or white fur on their bellies.
How long does a pet rat live?
2 to 3 years