One of the most common questions potential rat owners have is how long these furry creatures live. The answer, unfortunately, is not always clear.
Rat lifespan vary widely depending on several factors, including diet, exercise, and genetics.
Rats are interesting creatures, and their life cycle is fascinating to observe. At the time of birth, rats are visually impaired and deaf. They are utterly dependent on their mother for food and sanctuary.
In the wild, rats typically live for 2-3 years. However, rats are well cared for and protected from predators; they can live for up to 5 years. The most extended recorded lifespan for a rat in captivity is eight years.