The term giant rat has been applied to various species of large rodents. They tend to be native to tropical and sub-tropical locations. Some have flourished in other climates, including the Coypu and the Gambian pouched rat, which have both become invasive species. Giant rats have also figured in popular fiction, where they are often portrayed as monster-like creatures.
By continent and country
The following are examples of giant rats and/or rodents.
Asia and New Guinea
By conservation status
Giant rats in fiction
Fictional giant rats appear as monsters in fiction, role-playing games, computer games, and other venues of fantasy. Perhaps the most notable of these are Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Giant Rat of Sumatra, who appeared in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, among others.
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