Many people say that squirrels are basically rats that were handed a better deal in terms of cuteness. While I agree that squirrels are much cuter than rats, the question remains, “How different are they?” It turns out that rats and squirrels belong to completely different animal Families but they are related in that they are both Rodents. Here is a look at some similarities and differences between these animals.
Squirrels and rats are distinct Families both belong to the largest Order of Mammals, Rodentia. All Rodents have specialized teeth for gnawing that constantly are growing. Both Families exhibit intelligence, problem solving and memory. Other than their teeth and mental capacities squirrels and rats have little in common in terms of behavior, life cycle and impact on humans.