Brown rat; aka common rat; aka sewer rat; aka Hanover rat; aka Norway rat; aka Brown Norway rat; aka Norwegian rat; aka wharf rat; Rattus norvegicus;
One of the largest muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents, except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America—making it the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. Indeed, with rare exceptions the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas.
Brown Rat (Rattus rattus). Probably originating in central Asia, now distribution is world-wide, having been transported in European ships. From British Quadrupeds, W MacGillivray, (Edinburgh, 1828), one of the volumes in William Jardine's Naturalist's Library series. Hand-coloured engraving.
HAITI Near Port-au-Prince - 01 Sep 2009 - Haitians work in the local garbage dump collecting recyclable materials. Before MINUSTAH's Brazilian and Chilean peacekeepers set to work, the road was muddy and garbage strewn during the rainy season and dusty and garbage strewn during the dry season - Picture by Logan Abassi | Lightroom Photos | UN
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