Species Details


Lesser Bandicoot Rat, Indian Mole Rat Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Bandicota bengalensis
Family : Muridae
Order : Rodentis
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Molerat, Sind Rice Rat
Habitat : Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland)
Description : The Indian Lesser Bandicoot Rat is a relatively small rodent, with a body length of around 15-20 cm (excluding its tail). It has short, soft fur that is generally a greyish-brown color, with a lighter underbelly. Its ears and tail are relatively small in proportion to its body.

The Indian Lesser Bandicoot Rat is primarily herbivorous, and feeds on a wide variety of plants, seeds, and fruits. However, it will also occasionally consume insects and other small invertebrates.

The Indian Lesser Bandicoot Rat is found in a wide range of habitats, including agricultural fields, forests, grasslands, and urban areas. It is particularly common in areas with sandy soils, and is known to be a burrowing species.

The Indian Lesser Bandicoot Rat is a primarily nocturnal species, and is most active at night. It is also known to be a solitary animal, although it may form small groups or colonies in certain situations. It is a relatively fast and agile runner, and is able to burrow quickly through loose soil.

The Indian Lesser Bandicoot Rat breeds throughout the year, with females giving birth to litters of 2-6 young after a gestation period of around 21-25 days. The young are weaned after around 3-4 weeks, and are able to reproduce themselves within a few months.
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:zaberansary,iNaturalist, photo copyright:zaberansary,iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.