Brants's whistling rats are one of two whistling rat species that live in southern Africa. Their whistle is an alarm call to warn of an approaching predator.
Scientific name: Parotomys brantsii
Too dangerous to stay at home, the Brants's babies stick close to mum.
Following the rains and flower bloom, the Brants's whistling rat must make the most of the bumper harvest while it's still around. All this food also attracts some unwanted predators, so it's safer to take her babies with her on her foraging missions.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Brants's whistling rat can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Brants's whistling rat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
Brants's Whistling Rat (Parotomys brantsii) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and pastureland.