Fun facts about rats
(Illustration courtesy NYC Transit)
Surprise: rats living in the city subway system do not grow into marsupials, and life in the tunnels is tough. The MTA revealed the following facts about its rodent population during a board presentation Monday:
- The average subway rat is 16 inches long, with its tail accounting for about half of that length
- Female rats have an average of 24 vermin babies during their lifespan
- Rats live about six months. They succumb to extermination campaigns, oncoming subway cars, the stress of living underground and deadly battles with other rats accounts for their short lives, the MTA said.- Rats do not grow to the size of cats, but they do fluff up their fur when frightened. Subway vermin typically weigh no more than a pound
- The population of vermin living underground is unknown, but it is limited to small pockets, according to the presentation.