House rat


House rat (Rattus rattus)

Intelligent animals underneath the roof

The black rat is a descendant of arboreal species from southern Europe that still nest in trees. As a synanthropic species it lives in packs, consisting of up to 60 animals. It is often found in barns, attics and granaries. Black rats are very curious and playful.
They act carefully on dangers. Before they try a new food source they will send a scout as food taster.

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Category: Mammal

Size: Head-trunk 18-22 cm; Tail 18.5-24 cm

Age: 3 years

Sexually mature: with 2-3 month

gestation period: 23-24 days

food: preferably vegetable food, fruits, seeds, insects, eggs, small animals

habitat: close to people, houses and attics, in forests, on trees, in fields, in dry, warm areas

Danger: not endangered