- Thank you very much. I was worried because it turns out I'm near the protected reserve at Murdoch. I feel better :) I got the tree name wrong, it's not a Jacaranda it's an enormous Cape Lilac (the one with all those annoying berries) but can't cut it down because half a dozen times this year some red-tailed black cockatoos spent all day eating it :) I hope they come back to the tree next year MINUS the nasty black rats! Thanks again for the help and the great website.
- Photos of its teeth. Sorry for taking over the comments section people.
- So I went back today and burrow, although rebuilt, is empty. The pinkies have disappeared! So I removed all of the tin and I found two dead ones that I think died last year when I put the tin down with the baiting. One of them is perfectly laid out. It is 25cm long tip to tail. It also has fur on the tail? The other one is curled up so I can't tell how long it is, but seems to be a darker colour and not so much hair on the tail but that may be due to decay. The teeth are yellow and very pointy top and bottom. I can send heaps more photos to someone who knows or wants more info. The first dead one after the baiting was out in the open and didn't seem to have hair on its tail. I'm sure I would've noticed! I'm in 6163, WA next to undeveloped land, certainly old and untouched block opposite bush but not really rural (according to planning people). Someone please tell me I haven't murdered native things :( I really thought they were just pest rats or big mice.
- one more photo... at night
- I don't know if you can tell if they're native or not when they're pink?
- My first photo and massive comment didn't seem to take... So I'll recap. A year ago I moved into a vacant property with these things eating the Jacaranda tree and there was a shallow burrow in the natural mulch along side. They move and eat at night and today I found five wee pinkies by accident under some tin. The pest control guy said they weren't normal rats. Apparently their pee smells different??? He also said native rats have pink feet, white underbellies and round ears. Unfortunately I baited two or three before he said that. So this pic is of a dead one from last year. There were at least 6 of them until I got a cat. If someone could tell me if these are native or not? I've left the pinkies alone until I can determine...
- Another photo as it seems the tail is important!