How To Draw A Rat

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Rat in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Rat.

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How to Draw a Rat - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by drawing a cone shaped snout. There is a small bump at the end of the snout. The top of the bump makes the nose.

Step 2: Starting at the top of the snout line draw a curved line back to make the head. Add a pointy ear at the very top of the head. The second ear is below the top ear. Add a small eye right under the top of the snout.

Step 3: Next draw a curved line for the back. It curves sharply down toward the rump. From the bottom of the snout draw a line to make the thin front leg. Don't forget the toes. Continue the leg line back.

Step 4: Continue this line to make belly line. Then draw the hind leg. It should be the same size as the front leg. Take the back line up to almost the rump line.

Step 5: Add the second front foot right above the first front foot. Finish your rat with the long, thin tail. Curve it downward to a point.

Interesting Facts about Rats

Rats belong to the rodent super family Muroidea, along with mice, gerbils and hamsters.

Rats are believed to have evolved about 23 million years ago from hamster-like animals in tropical Asia and can now be found worldwide.

Did you know?

  • The brown rat and black rat are the most commonly known rats.
  • Rats are larger than mice.
  • Wild rats are more likely to bite than domesticated rats.
  • Rats are commonly used in scientific studies, because of their ability to learn and their adaptability.
  • Some types of rats are consumed as food in cultures of India and Southeast Asia, while other cultures consider eating rats as taboo.
  • Rats are easy to train and have an exceptional sense of smell.
  • The term “rat” is often used to describe a person that has little regard for doing what is right or dishonest.
  • In the Chinese Zodiac, the rat is the first of the 12 animals.

Although rats are known to carry diseases and to damage and steal food supplies and other items, they have been specially bred and kept as pets since the late 19th century. Rats have been depicted in folklore, mythology and literature.

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