These girls came to us on 6/3/23because their owner’s home status changed and they could no longer keep them.
Fostered by Emma in Fairfield, ME.
#2023216N, “Salem”, Rat, Black and White, , Standard Ears/Standard Coat, Female, DOB: 10/02/2022, Spayed/Neutered?: No #2023350N, “Swayze”, Rat, Pink-Eyed-White, , Standard Ears/Standard Coat, Female, DOB: 11/22/2022, Spayed/Neutered?: No #2023217N, “Tangerine”, Rat, Black and White, , Standard Ears/Standard Coat, Female, DOB: 10/02/2022, Spayed/Neutered?: No
“Salem continues to be the most outgoing of the 3 with Tangerine close behind.
Tangerine no longer shrieks when picked up and is much more handleable than she was when I got her.
Swayze does not hide as much anymore and has become more outgoing, but still does not enjoy being picked up and will take evasive maneuvers to avoid it. She is, however, much easier to handle once you actually have her than she was when I picked her up (she was quite the wiley thing!).
Both Salem and Tangerine occasionally accept head scritches while they are in the cage during treat time.
All three readily come out to greet me for snacks and are very good rats. They all also get on pretty well with their cage mates and don’t tend to start conflicts.”
“Salem’s start to life was as a well socialized, well loved subject for a psych student in college to train and work with. She is outgoing an active. She isn’t a huge fan of being picked up, but she loves treats and will happily run up to you for them! When introed with other rats, she has never shown any aggression. She is closely bonded with her companion, Tangerine. They look nearly identical, but Salem can easily be told apart from Tangerine by the less pigmented spot coming off the side of her dorsal stripe.
Swayze is about half the size of a typical adult rat and twice as zoomy and wiley. Swayze requires a cage with a minimum of 3/4″ bars or she will be able to escape (though 1/2″ is ideal). Swayze is young, healthy, and very active. She is not super keen on handling yet and prefers to spend her time hiding in tunes or sniffing around for snacks. She is a jumpy thing when handled. She is starting to warm up to being handed snacks, but quickly disappears with them once she has a hold of them. So far Swayze spends more time on her own than with the other rats.
Tangerine is less outgoing than Salem, but has come a long way since intake to foster. She now willingly approaches handlers for treats and will accept head/neck scratches. Often when picked up she will briefly let out a loud squeak/shriek, but quickly gets over it. Aside from being slightly more skittish, she has a very similar personality and activity level to Salem to whom she is bonded. She has never shown aggression during intros to other rats.”