Brown Rat / Norway Rat

Scientific Name: Rattus norvegicus

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Appearance

• This species can grow up to 40cm in length, with a tail shorter than the head and body.

• They weight 350 – 500g.

• They are known for the small ears and thick bodies.

Lifecycle

• Just like the black rat the brown rat’s gestation takes about 3 weeks.

• It takes from 2 – 3 months from birth to sexual maturity.

Habits

• The brown rats eat twice as much and drink 4 times more what the average black rat does.

• Not really good climbers, usually ground living and burrowing.

• Their preferred food is cereals.