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Rattus rattus

Rattus rattus

(Black Rat, Ship Rat)




Rattus rattus

Common name

Black Rat, Ship Rat

Main colour; body size

Black, white; body to 19 cm,

Mature weight

240 g

Scat shape, size

Blunt pellets 10 x 3 mm


Cairns, Townville


The colour of this rat varies from black to almost pure white although grey is the most common colour, belly is paler. A distinctive feature is the long tail often up to 23 cm long. Nocturnal, they can be found anywhere there are humans.