| Physical characteristics
- "They're stirred up like a rats' nest down there."
- ―Han Solo
Rats were a non-sentient species of small, furry rodents considered vermin by many. They could be found on several different planets throughout the galaxy, including Tatooine. A prong-nosed subspecies also lived on Lotho Minor. Rats were covered in gray fur, they had long, hairless tails and a sharp sense of smell. They would sometimes feed off cadavers and some of them were bred and kept for scientific research.
Biology and appearanceEdit
Rats were quadrupedal, non-sentient rodents covered in a hairy gray coat. A rat had a naked tail that was longer than its head and body combined, and Humans often deemed that tail "ugly." They also had sensory whiskers located on their face. There existed various subspecies of rats, including a prong-nosed one that lived on Lotho Minor. Those creatures had a sharp sense of smell, which allowed them to detect both their predators and potential food sources efficiently. On occasion, they would feed of abandoned corpses. Like many other organics, rats could be killed by a violent punch in the neck.
Behavior and intelligenceEdit
Around 4 ABY, a small group of gray-white rats had made their home in the dungeons of Jabba Desilijic Tiure's palace on Tatooine. When the droid partners C-3PO and R2-D2 were escorted in the dungeons to face Jabba's supervisor droid, three of those rats could be spotted on one set of prison bars.
Rats in the galaxyEdit
- "There's a locked grate to keep out rats and snake eyes and other vermin, but maintenance has the key codes."
- ―Benedict Vidkun
In the wider galactic community, rats were generally regarded as vermins. Humans often reacted to the presence of rats with disgust, sometimes kicking them casually, and used their name to refer to contemptible persons. The Directors, a trio of Squib criminals, were compared to "oversized pack rats" by Han Solo. The bartender named Wuher also called a group of scavenging Jawas "tech-rats." Rats were to planetary surface what mynocks were to space.
Various adjustments, such as locked grates, were implemented to prevent them for entering the dwellings through the sewers. They were also fed poisoned grain to get rid of them for good. Additionally, rats were sometimes used as test specimens in laboratory experiments.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void (Mentioned only)
- The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus" (Mentioned only)
- Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth
- "The Most Dangerous Foe"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 11
- Death Troopers (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars 46: The Dreams of Cody Sunn-Childe (Mentioned only)
- Shadows of the Empire novel (Mentioned only)
- Ewoks 5: The Terrible Machine (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance)
- Hard Merchandise (Mentioned only)
- X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble (Mentioned only)
- The Last Command (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith (Mentioned only)
- Shield of Lies (Mentioned only)
- Specter of the Past (Mentioned only)
- Crosscurrent (Mentioned only)
- Fate of the Jedi: Allies
- Fate of the Jedi: Ascension (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Shadows of the Empire novel
- ↑ Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force
- ↑ Hard Merchandise
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Fate of the Jedi: Allies
- ↑ Be Still My Heart: The Bartender's Tale
- ↑ Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu
- ↑ X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, page 144