Woolly rat in undergrowth

Woolly rats

Woolly rats are found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, usually in mountain forests or mountain grasslands. Some woolly rat species are called giant rats, since they can weigh almost a kilo and a half. That's about three to six times what a typical pet rat weighs.

Scientific name: Mallomys

Rank: Genus

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Map showing the distribution of the Woolly rats taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Woolly rats can be found in a number of locations including: Asia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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