Project Description

Roof Rat

(Rattus rattus)

Appearance
Roof rats fur is smooth and usually gray-black or brown in color with black or white-gray underbelly fur. Tails are hairless, scaly, and long. Roof rats are also commonly called ship rats or black rats.

[jbox title=”Interesting Fact”] Roof rats are also called “ship rats,” and are notorious for carrying plague and other communicable diseases.Mites and fleas are commonly found in their fur. They are also known to cause considerable damage to stored food and other property.[/jbox]

Size
Roof rats are 16 inches in length from the tips of their noses to the ends of their tails.

Behavior
These rodents have excellent senses of hearing, taste, touch, and smell, although their sense of sight is quite poor. At three months of age a roof rat has reached maturity and is capable or reproducing. Females have 4 to 6 litters per year with a gestation period of 21 to 23 days. Each litter produces 6 to 12 pups. Preferred foods include berries, fruit, vegetables, pet foods, nuts, grains, decomposing food, snails, and slugs.

Habitat
Roof rats can be found in garages, sheds and other outbuildings. When they venture indoors, they can be found in ceilings, underneath flooring, and within walls. These rodents are known for their excellent climbing abilities, which is where the name “roof rat” derives from. They oftentimes climb to the tops of buildings and make their homes within roofing structures and in attic spaces.

 


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