The lesser bandicoot rat is considered one of the most destructive rodent pests in croplands of central and northern Punjab, lower Sindh and AJandK areas of Pakistan (Fulk et al.
Characteristics of the lesser bandicoot rat (Bandicoota bengalensis) burrows excavated in croplands of district Chakwal, Pothwar plateau, Pakistan.
Burrow characteristics and food hoardings of lesser bandicoot rat (Bandicota bengalensis) in different ecologies of Indian subcontinent.
1), showing medium type of lesser bandicoot rat population on the experimental fields.
Field observations on the biology and ecology of lesser bandicoot rat, Bandicota bengalensis (Gray), in West Bengal.
Just before harvest, bandicoot rats invade fields of rice 1 or 2 weeks before harvest (after draining out last irrigation water) and quickly establish burrow systems, while in wheat crop, after 3-4 weeks of sowing, move to the interior of the field from the dikes (Chakraborty, 1977; Poche et al.
in fecal matter, urine and blood of bandicoot rat residing at poultry farms is given in Table 1.
To best of our knowledge, this is the first report of bandicoot rat presence at poultry farms as a reservoir of pathogenic bacteria.
This suggested that higher population of bandicoot rat at poultry farms may increase the risk of the bacterial infection in poultry birds and products.
Four species of murid rodents, namely the lesser bandicoot rat, Bandicota bengalensis, the house mouse Mus musculus, the soft-furred field rat or metad Millardia meltada, and Indian gerbil Tatera indica, were represented in the samples of trapped animals.
In the bandicoot rat the trap success ranged from 0.
The prevalence of pregnancy (P), the time period (t) during which a given species produced young, the duration of gestation (v) during which pregnancy was macroscopically visible, the average litter size, and incidence of pregnancy (F) were used, following Southwick (1966), for estimating the potential rate of reproduction of the bandicoot rat, house mouse, metad, and Indian gerbil.