I have been taking pictures of pet rats for years hoping to break the negative image that is often associated with these lovely animals.

Here are some of these photographs, both of my rats and of my friends' rats and, as you may see, they are far from being dirty nasty little monsters! They are actually highly intelligent social beings that love interacting with each other and their favorite humans. They are very friendly, smart, playful, they love cuddles and are very clean: many rat owners agree to compare them to tiny dogs.

I made all the little accessories (except for the little black hat) so these wouldn't constrain the rats: they could remove them very easily, although they didn't bother most of the time as they were quite cool and relaxed. No animals were harmed during the making of these pictures, the ladybug was also alive and well and flew away soon after the photo shooting.

If you ever want to adopt pet rats, please consider contacting your local pet shelter as there are many rats awaiting for a forever home. You must also adopt at least two rats of the same sex, rats absolutely need to have a friend from their own species.

More info: dianeozdamar.myportfolio.com

#1 Herjan And His Fancy Hat (Herjan)

Herjan And His Fancy Hat (Herjan)

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

omg how cute <3

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#2 The Sweetest Pillow (Herjan)

The Sweetest Pillow (Herjan)

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

Is he even real? So beautiful, such a sweet face!

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#3 Brothers Enjoying A Snack (Izumi, Lysander And Kaelan)

Brothers Enjoying A Snack (Izumi, Lysander And Kaelan)

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

They look so intelligent

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#4 There's No Rabbit In The Hat... (Heimdall)

There's No Rabbit In The Hat... (Heimdall)

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Brenda Olano 1 year ago

Aww such a cutie ♥

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#5 Yaaaaawn (Arkanys)

Yaaaaawn (Arkanys)

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

Why are yawning animals so freaking adorable?

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#6 Polka Dots (Kjalarr)

Polka Dots (Kjalarr)

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#7 What's This? (Thjazi)

What's This? (Thjazi)

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TheRubyFalcon 1 year ago

I can visualize the next moment, after he touches it and it pops on his nose. xD

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#8 Bloody Strawberry (Lysander)

Bloody Strawberry (Lysander)

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Anya O 1 year ago

looks berry nic

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#9 Two Brothers (Semtex And Toutatis)

Two Brothers (Semtex And Toutatis)

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Laury M. 1 year ago

They are GORGEOUS!

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#10 Spring Time (Tjall)

Spring Time (Tjall)

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Yashica Sadam 1 year ago

Those. HANDS!

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#11 Tiny Boat (Taz)

Tiny Boat (Taz)

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Darth Vader 1 year ago

Aww, those ears and that little nose

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#12 Fragile (Feirefiz)

Fragile (Feirefiz)

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Jan Feline 1 year ago

So cute!

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#13 Christmas Nap Time (Feirefiz)

Christmas Nap Time (Feirefiz)

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Adriana E. Henricy 1 year ago

such a gift <3

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#14 May I Eat All The Grapes Now? (Hepha)

May I Eat All The Grapes Now? (Hepha)

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Lisa Greene 1 year ago

This photographer is the Anne Gedes of rats!

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#15 The Winter Fairy (Lysander)

The Winter Fairy (Lysander)

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Allana Rose 1 year ago

How in the world did u get them to hold still for these shots?

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#16 Trust Me, I'm A Daisy (Tjall)

Trust Me, I'm A Daisy (Tjall)

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jacluckycat 1 year ago

How adorable! That tiny tongue :)

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#17 Ho Ho Ho! (Fenrir)

Ho Ho Ho! (Fenrir)

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Adriana E. Henricy 1 year ago

he is laughin!!

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#18 Valentine's Day (Arkanys And Lorich)

Valentine's Day (Arkanys And Lorich)

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Pam Harris 1 year ago

Their tails are in the shape of a heart! :)

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#19 Tasty Raspberry (Louis)

Tasty Raspberry (Louis)

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Chung Madeline 1 year ago

He's eye color is beautiful just like the berries...

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#20 Kiwi Or Strawberry? That Is The Question... (Blue Suede Shoes)

Kiwi Or Strawberry? That Is The Question... (Blue Suede Shoes)

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Anya O 1 year ago

This post inspired me to make a kiwi and strawberry smoothie, so thank you

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#21 I Want A Treat (Chlamy)

I Want A Treat (Chlamy)

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Merilyn Horton 1 year ago

Who could resist?

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#22 The Cheesiest Picture Ever (Bobillot)

The Cheesiest Picture Ever (Bobillot)

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Cathy b 1 year ago

Looks like a pix from those calendars the french post office used to sell 😺

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#23 Breakfast Time! (Pagello, Feirefiz And Inoa)

Breakfast Time! (Pagello, Feirefiz And Inoa)

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Veronica Goddard 1 year ago

It's good to share!

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#24 The Ballerina (Fenrir)

The Ballerina (Fenrir)

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Wyndmere 1 year ago

Where's the tutu?

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#25 This Is Halloween (Feirefiz)

This Is Halloween (Feirefiz)

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Jessica Sosa 1 year ago

Woah! It looks like an candy corn based on it's fur ^_^

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#26 Pumpkin Killer (Arkanys)

Pumpkin Killer (Arkanys)

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Clarice Michelle Stanley 8 months ago

You HAVE to make a calendar and sell it!!!!

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#27 My Apple, Not Yours! (Lysander)

My Apple, Not Yours! (Lysander)

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TheRubyFalcon 1 year ago

That must be a really tiny apple... Or a big rat! I guess a bigger rat means more furry surface area.

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#28 Welcome To Grapeland (Svölnir And Grimnir)

Welcome To Grapeland (Svölnir And Grimnir)

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Allana Rose 1 year ago

A vision of rat heaven, all the grapes u can eat!

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#29 Fancy Hat For A Fancy Rat (Roll The Dice)

Fancy Hat For A Fancy Rat (Roll The Dice)

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Hiruya 1 year ago

We saw one like this lately in a pet shop and could hardly resist taking her home. So beautiful and cute

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#30 Autumn Leaves (Lillebjörn)

Autumn Leaves (Lillebjörn)

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Dee Hunter 1 year ago

Doesn't this name mean "little bear"? Nails it.

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#31 Warm Summer Day (Peach)

Warm Summer Day (Peach)

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Zugga aka Pia Isabell 1 year ago

cutie

#32 Jingle Bells! (Caprice)

Jingle Bells! (Caprice)

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Калина Стоянова 1 year ago

like his having a grandiose plot in his mind, such a sweetheart

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#33 Brothers Snuggling (Wait For It, Tasty Cool And Lillebjörn)

Brothers Snuggling (Wait For It, Tasty Cool And Lillebjörn)

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Della Bean 1 year ago

Absolutely amazing photos. You have a great talent!

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#34 The Hazelnut Thief (Grimnir)

The Hazelnut Thief (Grimnir)

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Jessica Sosa 1 year ago

This one reminds me of my sister's dwarf hamster awww

#35 Yummm, Kiwi! (I Can't Remember Her Name... Sorry About That!)

Yummm, Kiwi! (I Can't Remember Her Name... Sorry About That!)

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Rin Rin 1 year ago

Ohh this one resembles buddy my dear rat <3

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