Image: Black Rat juvenile
Black Rat juvenile
- Jane Vernon
- © Jane Vernon
- Common name:
- Black rat
- Scientific name:
- Rattus rattus
Despite its name, the Black Rat is usually brown or grey. A distinctive characteristic of rats that helps distinguish them from similarly sized carnivorous marsupials is their front teeth: a pair of chisel shaped incisors with hard yellow enamel on the front surfaces. Other characteristics that identify a Black Rat from other rats include the following:
Long pointed head (can be more rounded in juvenile).
Large thin ears (20mm+) which reach middle of eye when bent forward.
Charcoal grey to black or light brown above, cream or white below; sleek smooth coat.
Scaly tail, much longer than head and body.