The Norway Rat named this because they were thought to have travelled from the east on Norwegian timber ships. Considered to be omnivorous, they must drink water daily.
3 - 8 Litters per year
5 - 8 Young per litter
The gestation period of about 21 days
Maturity within 2 - 3 months
The average life span of 9 - 12 months
Brown to grey back with a lighter underbelly
Weighing 350 - 500g
Rats will eat a lot of whatever they can get, but will normally eat seeds, grain, fruit, nuts, veg etc, but can and will eat smaller animals and insects if hungry and willing to hunt.
Rats may take harbourage within your walls under, decking in gardens, burrow under property, basements, lofts.
Rats are neophobic
(The fear of new or unfamiliar objects)
Rats are social animals
Rats can gnaw through wood or plastic
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