General Description

Different fur colours include black, brown or white. Pointed head, long pointed ears, slim body and a tail much longer than the length of the body. Body up to 22 cm; tail up to 24 cm.


Black Rats are good climbers, easily scaling buildings and trees. They are active mostly at night (nocturnal) and at dusk and dawn (crepuscular). They eat a range of food types and are considered to be pests.


Worldwide except Antarctica.


Range of areas, including river banks, housing, sewers and drains. They are primarily associated with human occupation.

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