HOUSE RAT OR BLACK RAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

HOUSE RAT

HOUSE RAT OR BLACK RAT

DESCRIPTION: The most common rat in the world, the House or Black Rat, variously known as the Roof or Ship Rat, is a medium-sized dark brown rat with many distinct subspecies. The two most common subspecies are a greyish–buff- ventered form that occurs in homes and urban areas and a white- ventered forest form. Darker forms that almost verge on black are also found. Some forms in the hills such as R.r. tistae and R.r. gangutrianus have longer, softer fur in winter, while the common village rat of the Kashmir Valley has a tail that is shorter than its head and body. The House Rat is characterized by flat spines in its dorsal fur, a feature shared by five other species.

BEHAVIOUR: Very adaptable; highly varied.

DISTRIBUTION: In homes and forests throughout India.

HABITAT: Found in all habitats in India except cold deserts.

Size: HBL: 14– 20 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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