Rats

Brown Rat, Common Rat, Norway Rat, Sewer Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Features & Life Cycle

  • Colour – This can vary but usually brown to grey-black with lighter underside
  • Ears – Small
  • Eyes – Small
  • Tail – Slightly shorter than head and body. The tail is dark above and lighter below
  • Weight (adult) – 400 – 550 g
  • Litters per year – 3 – 6
  • Litter size – 7 – 9
  • Maturity – 2 – 3 months
  • Average life span – 12 months

Food & Habits

They will eat anything but cereal’s  preferred. They’ll eat on average 10% of their body weight each day. As they are creatures of habitat, they prefer to feed at certain locations. Are known to have a fear of new objects (neophobia).

Rat Droppings & Damage