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Black Rat Rattus rattus


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Black Rat
credit: Kilessan/CCSA

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Alternate name: Roof Rat

Family: Muridae, Mice and Rats view all from this family

Description Scaly, sparsely haired, uniformly dark tail that is longer than the head and body. This dark rat has a brownish-gray back and a grayish belly (not white like woodrats).

Dimensions 325-455mm, 160-255mm, 115-350g

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands

Range Plains, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest, Florida, Texas, California, Northwest, Western Canada

Discussion Also known as Roof Rat, was introduced from Europe with earliest colonists. Widespread in south and coastal areas. Frequents urban areas, buildings, and warehouses.