Giant rat

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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.

A Giant pouched rat (Genus: Cricetomys)

By continent and country[edit]

The following are examples of giant rats and/or rodents.


Asia and New Guinea[edit]

South America[edit]

By conservation status[edit]

Extinct species[edit]

Giant rats in fiction[edit]

Fictional giant rats appear as monsters in fiction, role-playing games, computer games, and other venues of fantasy:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Rats at