They’re both boys, brothers, about 5 weeks old. These are my first rats.
One is about 2/3rds white with a big irregular shapped grey patch on his face and back. The other is mostly grey and black with some white patches.
One of them seems pretty shy and skitish. He explored around the cage a bit, ate some food, and then curled up in the corner.
The other explored the whole room, even going behind the book case before I could stop him. Eventually he went back into the cage, ate a little, and wrestled with his brother a bit.
Neither of them seemed to want any affection from me. The more outgoing one let me pet him a bit, but didn’t want me to hold him. I’m hoping that will change once they get used to me and their new surroundings.
I had planned on naming them Hemmingway and Steinbeck, but now I want to hold off naming them. I want to learn their personalities and give them appropriate names. My 2nd choice of names might be more appropriate. The shy black one could be Java and the light colored inquisitive one could be Pascal. I also like Ada, but that’s a girl’s name (yes, I’m a programmer).
Are there many rat owners out there in dopeland? From everything I’ve heard they’re the best pets.