Black Rat / Roof Rat

Scientific Name: Rattus rattus

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Appearance

• 16.30cm – 24cm in length, with a tail longer than the body and the head.

• 150 – 200g in weight.

• They are known for the pointed nose and large ears.


Lifecycle

• It takes about 3 weeks for the gestation period to be complete.

• It takes from 12 to 16 weeks for the black rat to reach its sexual maturity.

Habits

• It is rare to see these species around; they are usually located near ports.

• They are rarely burrowing and not often seen outdoors in Australia.

• They feeding habits are mainly moist fruits.

• They feed of 15g of food a day and drink 15ml.