Giant African rat, also known as the Gambian pouched rat, is one of Africa's
largest rodents. Two species have being identified: Cricetomys gambianus,
which lives chiefly in savannas and around the edges of forests and human
settlements; and Cricetomys emini, which
occurs mainly in rainforests. They can be found in a variety of habitats
ranging from arid areas to temperate areas, but they need some kind of shelter
to survive. They are not usually encountered in completely open areas but are
usually subterranean occupying holes and burrows.