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Black rat (Rattus rattus)


The black rat prefers warm, dry places such as storehouses and attics. These animals are able climbers that use their tails for support and balance. The coat is brown-black and, in contrast to the brown rat, the body tends to be small and slender. Black rats reach a body length of 16 to 20 cm. The tail is always longer than the body, reaching approx. 19 to 25 cm. The black rat has a pointed head with very large eyes and ears. It generally prefers vegetable food. The females bear 1 to 2 litters a year average 5 to 8 young each.


The damage is the same as for the brown rat.