Species Details


Bay Bamboo Rat Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Cannomys badius
Family : Spalacidae
Order : Rodentia
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Lessser Bamboo Rat
Habitat : Forest
Description : Bay Bamboo Rats are medium-sized rodents with a stout body and a short, round head. They have a dark brown or grayish-brown fur, which is dense and soft. They have long, sharp claws on their front feet that help them to dig burrows in the soil.

Bay Bamboo Rats can grow up to 30-45 cm in length, with a tail that measures around 15-20 cm. They can weigh up to 1-1.5 kg.

Bay Bamboo Rats are herbivores and mainly feed on bamboo shoots, roots, leaves, and stems. They may also consume fruits, vegetables, and grains.

Bay Bamboo Rats are nocturnal and solitary creatures. They spend most of their time underground in their burrows, which they dig using their strong front claws. They are excellent climbers and can also move quickly on the ground.

Bay Bamboo Rats are found in the bamboo forests and mountainous regions of China and Southeast Asia. They prefer areas with dense vegetation and abundant food sources.

Bay Bamboo Rats have a gestation period of around 60 days and can produce up to 4-6 offspring per litter. The young are born blind and hairless, and are nursed by their mother for several weeks.

The Bay Bamboo Rat is not currently considered endangered, although habitat loss and hunting for its meat and fur pose a potential threat to its population.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:Wikipedia , iucnredlist.org; photo credit:iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.