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Observation

It  was observed that the rats preferred to bite the telephone cables and the PVC wires with or without current flowing in them.

Condition

Telephone wire

Coaxial wire

Red PVC cable

Black PVC cable

3 core cable

Speaker wire

Without current

X

X

X

With current

X

X

X

√ - bitten by the rat, X – no bite marks

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
50
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 2 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

Live electrical wires  gnawed by  rats can become exposed and cause short circuits or electrocution. Ensure that no flammable materials or gasses are within reach, and perform this experiment in a well ventilated laboratory under the care of a qualified adult. Disconnect ALL  electrical connections before handling the cables. Ensure that protective gear (insulating gloves)/goggles are used. Rats should be handled with care as they bite!