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How old do rats have to be to breed?
Breeding and Reproduction of Rats. Rats reach sexual maturity at about 4 to 5 weeks of age. From this age onward, females and males should be housed separately. The average gestation time is 21 to 23 days for rats, and pregnancy is sometimes detectable at about 2 weeks by feeling the abdomen or noticing weight gain or mammary (breast) development.
Do rats breed in the winter?
You see, rats will typically avoid breeding in the winter months due to the temperatures. However, if they are all cozy and tucked up in your attic or garage, for instance, that may be a perfect time. Therefore, the circumstances determine whether or not a rat will reproduce.
How many babies can a rat have in a year?
The season signals the beginning of cooler weather and the end of the breeding season. During warmer months, mice and rats breed seemingly non-stop. This may not seem like a huge problem until you realize each mouse can have up to 60 babies per year; rats can have up to 24.
How long does it take for a male rat to mature?
Male rats reach sexual maturity at about 6 to 10 weeks of age; females reach maturity at 8 to 12 weeks. From this age onward, females and males should be housed separately.