Hi my name is Stevie.
I am in 4th grade and am doing a science project on rats. I am going to do
pictures of one baby rat each day. The mother of the baby is Sapphire. Sapphire
was born on March 14, 2003 she has had one other litter on September 15, 2003
that litter had 11 babies. She is a blue dumbo self who is very nice! The
babies were born on March 5, 2004 at about 3:30 right when my school got
out!!!! Sapphire had 7 babies. here is a picture of her when she is pregnant.
Here's a picture of the cage I made for Sapphire. I put shredded paper because
it would be good for the babies to lay on and for sapphire to have her babies
on. I also put blankets in her cage for warmth and comfort to the babies.
This is Sapphire's cage!!!
Sapphire when she was pregnant!!!!
This is me holding Sapphire!!
Here is are all
the babies on the day they were first born.
Here is one
baby by itself showing it's stomach full with milk!!!!
this is a picture of the same
baby in my hand. And from the picture you can see how small it is!!
March 6, 2004
This is a picture of the baby
rats when they are 2 days old.
March 7, 2004!!
In the picture
that your going to see you can tell that the baby has black eyes. because even
thought the babies eyes aren't open yet you can see where the eyes are and it
tells you what color they are. also if you have one that doesn't look like it
has black eyes then it's probably is a pink or dark ruby eyed one!
you can see that they have dark
Here is a picture
of all the babies when they're three days old!!
so right now me and my mom think that it looks like there will
be 4 blue babies and 3 blacks.
March 8, 2004
sapphire making her nest. Before I show you the picture i want to explain what
she's doing in the picture. She's taking Kleenex to try to bring it up to her
cage for a nest. so you
can see the Kleenex that she's bringing into her cage.
this is another
picture but this time it's of 2 babies huddled together! Also the baby rats
are starting to get fuzz on their back!!
here are the 2 babies!
Here is a
picture of all the babies together in one small group! Right now they are 5
here are the babies! Here
is another picture that is of 1 baby and the baby is by a tape measurer and
it's exactily 3 inches long. when it was born it was 2 inches long. So it's
grown 1 inch! it is
In this picture
you can see that there Is blacks and blues in the litter and me and my mom
guessed right!! There are 3 blacks and 4 blues.
there they are!!!!
Here is another
picture of a baby and as you can see in the picture that the babies can still
play even if there eyes are closed!
pictures that I am going to show you next is a picture of two groups of babies
one of the groups is boys and one of the groups is girls.
The ones with
pink under them are the girls and the ones with blues under them are the boys.
picture is of all the babies together and they think the blanket is their mama
so they're putting their nose in the blanket like it's their mommy giving them
they are and you can see that they are trying to get milk!
Here is a
picture of 2 rats laying next to each other and you can see that one has white
paws and the other has dark paws. And also the one with paws the color of it's
body is called a self!
Here is another picture
that shows the babies eye slits. In the picture you can see that the eye slits
are getting ready to open. Also the eyes open when the babies are 2 weeks
Here is one more picture for
March 13 and it's of Sapphire!
In the picture of sapphire right when we got the picture she was smelling for
her babies and she could see them!
In this picture
of all the babies playing! They love to play!!!!
picture they are all jumping on top of each other for fun!!!!!!!
In the picture
down below Annie our dog is playing with the babies! Annie loves baby rats!
Annie is licking
them!!!! On the next picture I'am showing the babies ear slits! Now the babies
ears are open!
You can really see the ear slits now!
picture is my favorite it's with the babies and Petey the one eyed rat!
Petey was looking directly at the camera!!!!!!
In the next
picture Petey is caring a baby on his back!
!!! Also right now Petey
is almost 3 years old!!
pictures of all the girl babies!
Rose and she us a blue self.
Tulip she is a black with white paws so she is not a self like Rose!
This is Chrysanthemum and she is a black self girl!
March 18, 2004
Today I will be
showing you a baby with it's eyes open and a baby with it's eyes closed next
to each other and you can see the difference!
so you can see that
one has eyes open and the other doesn't!
Today is the
day of the real science fair and some of you might have gone!!! Ok this is a
picture of me and the judge at the science fair and you can see Sapphires cage
with all the babies and my poster!
When I was at the science fair I got a ribbon!!!
Sorry :( today
I took a day off!!!!!!!!
pictures of 2 of the boys the first ones name is Mystery.
called him mystery is because he really liked mystery's (Nancy drew books!)
The next boy is
I have no idea why we called him Minty but I just felt like naming him that!
Here are the 2
other boys named Aqua and Stripe!
this is Stripe!!
Here is Aqua we
named him Aqua because he was on a fish pillow and his fur is blue!!!!
This picture is
of all the baby rats playing in there cage!