Rat

Norway Rat

Appearance

Brown, heavy-bodied, 14 to 20 centre meters long, with small eyes and ears and blunt nose. Tail is shorter than head and body. Its fur is shaggy. Droppings are capsule-shaped.

Habit

Nests in underground burrows, from which they enter buildings in search of food. Tends to remain in hiding during the day.

Diet

Omnivorous, but prefers meats. Cannot survive long without water.

Reproduction

Reaches sexual maturity in two months and can breed any month of the year. Litter may number from eight to twelve.

Ratus Ratus

Appearance

Black or brown, 17 to 25 centimeters long, with a long tail, large ears and eyes, and a pointed nose. Body is smaller and sleeker than Norway rat. Fur is smooth.

Habit

Nests inside and under buildings, or in piles of rubbish or wood. Excellent climber that can often be found in the upper parts of structures.

Diet

Omnivorous, but shows a preference for grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Reproduction

Becomes sexually mature at four months, producing four to six litters per year that consist of four to eight young each. Lives up to one year.

House Mouse

Appearance

Small and slender, three to four inches long, with large ears, small eyes and pointed nose. Light brown or light grey. Droppings are rod-shaped.

Habit

Nests within structures and burrows. Establish a "territory" near food sources that are generally 10 to 30 feet from nest. Inquisitive, but very wary. Excellent climbers.

Diet

Omnivorous, but prefers cereal grains.

Reproduction

Prolific breeders by two months of age. Can have litters as often as every 40 or 50 days, with four to seven young per litter. Lives up to one year.

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