The rat is a mammalian animal which measures about thirty centimeters and weighs about three hundred grams. It's about a rodent : It has long incisive teeth that do not stop growing and, therefore, make the animal have to gnaw (wearing them when used with hard objects).
The tail of great extension, the body Covered with gray hair, pointed snout and stiff ears are other characteristics of rats, which has two short front legs and two longer ones.
Due to their fertility and adaptability, rats are present almost everywhere in the world. This animal is usually considered as a plague since it destroys crops and can transmit diseases Serious to the human being.
In cities, rats usually feed on food discarded by the man and of insects. In rural settings, it is common for them to eat roots, vegetables, birds and small mammals. There are rat species that even resort to cannibalism, eating each other.
Although the human being try to chase, catch and kill rats, they are animals of great agility that can slip away and hide in small holes. They can climb vertical walls, jump long distances, dig and even swim. They are also able to orient themselves in the dark.
Although in the West the rat is an animal that is persecuted and identified by negative aspects, it does not happen in certain places in the East. A good example of that is that it is part of the Chinese calendar, where it is associated with really positive values such as intelligence, wealth, order, cunning or even charisma. However, it is also true that, in the same way, it is sometimes linked to other less optimal issues such as war or obscurantism.
Within the world of cinema and television, for example, rats have taken a leading role and have become animals with a certain role. A good example of this can be seen in the cartoon series "The Ninja Turtles", where the master of those is none other than a very wise rat that responds to the name of Splinter or Splinter.
In the same way, one of the most important animated films of recent years, in terms of success, is "Ratatouille", which tells the story of a rat who dreams of becoming a great chef. That will lead him to establish an agreement with a clumsy teenager named Alfredo, so that both can achieve their dreams at the Gusteau Restaurant.
In the same way, we cannot ignore that there are other meanings of the term at hand. Thus, for example, it is also used to refer to a ponytail with little hair and that is small and even a type of pocket that can have a dress.
When the notion of a rat is applied to an individual, it is being described as penny pincher or even of Bad person : "Don't be a rat, the entrance to the concert only costs fifty pesos", "I recommend you not to join Miguel: it's a real rat".