Lister Hooded


The exact origin of the Lister Hooded rat is obscure, but it was certainly
maintained at the Lister Institute in the 1920s. It is not thought to be
closely related to the Long Evans rat. This stock was developed at the
Lister Institute in the UK and has since become an appropriate stock for
behavioural studies. Originally sourced by Charles River UK from
GlaxoUK in 1990.


White with black hood

Strain Characteristics

• Susceptible to audiogenic seizures
• Docile, highly inquisitive, and easily handled
• Superior eyesight compared to albino outbred rat strains due to
the pigmented nature of hooded rats
• More likely to respond to environmental stimuli and easily trained
for a wide range of behavioural studies