BROWN RAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



IUCN/WPA/Indian Status: Least Concern

DESCRIPTION: Also called the Norway Rat or Sewer Rat, this is a large, dark brown rat with lighter underparts and feet, small ears, and a tail that is always shorter than its head and body. It has a blunter muzzle in comparison with the common House Rat or Black Rat and, like the Himalayan rats, does not have spines in its fur. The Brown Rat is more terrestrial and less of a climber than the House Rat and frequents wet areas as well.
BEHAVIOUR: Females tend to forage in several short bursts, while males forage in fewer and longer periods.
DISTRIBUTION: Coastal states and islands.
HABITAT: Sewers, ports along the coast, banks of rivers, and forests.


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