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Black Rat Rattus rattus Length 30-45cm Nocturnal, omnivorous rodent. Recalls Brown Rat but has sleeker body outline and darker coat. Adult has mainly blackish fur, palest on underparts. Coat looks shaggy due to bristle-like guard hairs. Ears are rather large and tail is relatively long. Squeals in distress. Introduced to Britain; formerly abundant, now scarce and declining. Seldom ventures below ground, have an aversion to water and prefers warmer, drier situations overall.
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Black Rat Rattus rattus Length 30-45cm Nocturnal, omnivorous rodent. Recalls Brown Rat but has sleeker body outline and darker coat. Adult has mainly blackish fur, palest on underparts. Coat looks shaggy due to bristle-like guard hairs. Ears are rather large and tail is relatively long. Squeals in distress. Introduced to Britain; formerly abundant, now scarce and declining. Seldom ventures below ground, have an aversion to water and prefers warmer, drier situations overall.

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Date: 30 Jun 2013
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Credit: E.A. JANES/NPL
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