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Red Veld Rat

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The Greek generic name for the red veld rat, Aethomys chrysophilus, means sunburnt mouse, a reference to the golden appearance of the fur. They are a terrestrial and nocturnal species. The red velt rat is not wanted in the household. Studies have shown that some 12 species of mite, 10 tick species and 33 flea species are associated with it and many of them spread diseases and other unwanted conditions on to humans.

Distribution: Common throughout Namibia less for the Namib Desert.

Diet: A seed eater, but munches on fallen nut kernels. Also insects.

Colouring: Tawny red bodies with lighter throat, cheeks and thighs.

Breeding: Yearly breeders litters vary from between 2-7 pups, born after a gestation period of 21-23 days. Nests are built using soft vegetable left-overs.

Size: Head and body length of 146mm. Tail length 170mm. Weight: 101g.

Wildlife Namibia

Ai-Aiba Lodge

Nestled in a conservation area in the majestic Erongo Mountains this property contains a wide selection of rock art. Activities here center around rock art and various guided walking trails serve as a good introduction to Namibian rock art

Epako Game Farm

A luxury lodge offering top notch rooms & facilities. Guided game drives and bush walks allow guests to thoroughly explore the area.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

One of our favourite lodges in Namibia - excellent accommodation, food and guided walks in beautiful surroundings make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Etusis Lodge

A variety of activities are on offer at this lodge near Karibib. Accommodation ranges from camping and self-catering options to private bungalows

Hohenstein Lodge

Situated at the foot of the Hohenstein mountain, this lodge offers many hiking and climbing opportunities. It is also well situated to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountain

Kashana Lodge

A charming lodge in the town of Omaruru. With all the facilities you may require including a popular restaurant & bar

Klein Eden Guest Farm

Around 30km east of Omaruru this pretty little guest farms offers self catering units in a tranquil and pleasant environment

Fly Drive Safari | Namibia