Do rats have bones? How can
they fit in such small holes?
If you have rats
in your home then you are quite aware that they
can easily get around in your home. The smallest
holes or cracks in your wall or in your
furniture become an easy access point for a rat
to be able to move around your house with the
What is so amazing is that a rat can fit through
the smallest areas to be able to get away or to
move to a different location in your home.
Because of the way that they are able to sneak
and contort their body to be able to get into
the wall or through a crack in your furniture it
may make you wonder do rats have bones at all?
In all honesty, how are they able to fit in such
The truth of the matter is a rat has 223 bones
in its body. Surprisingly, that is 17 more than
the average human being has. It is interesting
that these small animals have even more bones
than us but there is no way that we would be
able to fit through a whole of comparable size
in proportion to a rat. So how are they able to
While a rat may have more bones than a person,
the way that their bodies are designed is
significantly different than that of a human
being. They have a spinal cord and ribs that are
protecting the important organs of the body, but
the way that the muscles around their rib cage
work is a lot different than that of a human
In a human being, the rib cage is designed to be
a sturdy structure that not only protects
internal organs that ensures that the person is
able to have a frame upon which they can stand.
Your rib cage and spinal cord play an integral
part in ensuring that you are able to maintain
an upright position. Without the way that your
body is designed you would crumble.
That is not the case for a rat. These animals do
not have the kind of same sturdy rib cage that
human being has. In fact, while these bones do
protect the internal structure of the rat, they
are designed to be able to push in and expand to
accommodate this rodent’s ability to be able to
sneak into small holes and cracks that it may
Without this ability, the rat would be a sitting
duck. It needs this flexibility within its rib
cage so that it can get away from would be
predators. A rat has so little defenses when it
comes to many of the predators that would pursue
it, and so this is one of its key measures that
it is able to employ to be able to get away.
Without the flexibility they would be done for.
That may not be pleasant thought for you,
someone who wants to see these animals out of
your home, but this is their means of survival.
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