Common Rat

Rattus Norvegicus

  • Appearance  
    • Brown or black
    • Heavy-bodied
    • 7-9.5 inches long; tail length 6-8 inches
    • Small eyes and ears
    • Blunt nose
    • Fur is shaggy 
    • Droppings are capsule-shaped with blunt ends
  • Diet  
    • Omnivorous, but prefer meats, fish, and grain
    • Must have a daily supply of water
  • Habits  
    • Lives in underground burrows
    • They enter buildings in search of food
    • Mostly active at night
  • Reproduction  
    • Reaches sexual maturity in 2-5 months
    • They constantly breed throughout the year; litters range from 8-10, females average 6-7 litters per year
    • Adults live up to one year
  • Other Information  
    • Common rat for the Northeast
    • Built for survival
    • Can adapt to different environments
    • Limited speed, but good swimmers and jumpers
    • They can carry many serious diseases
    • They can fit through a hole the size of a quarter

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