Brown Rat (Norway Rat)

Rattus norvegicus

Summary 6

The brown rat, common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, brown Norway rat, Norwegian rat, wharf rat (Rattus norvegicus), or hood rat is one of the best known and most common rats.

Other resources 7

Identification quiz to test your ability to distinguish black/brown rats: http://www.ratbehavior.org/QuizNorwayRatRoofRat.htm

Differences between the species in NZ: https://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~smiller/rat_id
Example pictures of the different species in NZ: https://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~smiller/ratPics

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) msr, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by msr, https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/21770
  2. (c) wbnz, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Wendy Bailey, https://inaturalist.nz/photos/1216896
  3. (c) wbnz, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Wendy Bailey, https://inaturalist.nz/photos/1216897
  4. (c) NCCA Official, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/nccaofficial/17818875274/
  5. (c) Tony Wills, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://inaturalist.nz/photos/2281584
  6. Adapted by Tony Wills from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rattus_norvegicus
  7. (c) Tony Wills, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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