Proceedings: Animal Sciences

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 43–48 | Cite as

Food preference studies of the larger bandicoot rat,Bandicota indica (Bechstein)

  • Shakunthala Sridhara
  • K Srihari


The food preferences of the South-Asian commensal rat,Bandicota indica were studied to evolve a suitable bait for control. Amongst cereals clear preference towards rice in its whole/divided form was evident. Amongst additives 7\2-10% groundnut oil enhanced bait intake significantly while 2% salt and sugar did not influence the rat’s diet choice. The results indicate whole/broken rice mixed with 7\2-10% groundnut oil as the most attractive bait for poisoningB. indica.


Food preferences cereals pulses oils calorie intake best bait Bandicota indica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shakunthala Sridhara
    • 1
  • K Srihari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Vertebrate BiologyUniversity of Agricultural SciencesBangaloreIndia

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