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black rat

n.
A common rat (Rattus rattus) found worldwide, especially in populated areas, having a black or dark brown coat.

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This number tends to increase due to the success of the high reproduction due to the absence of predators particularly the black rat.
The Black Rat Ride hopes more than 12,000 bikers will raise thousands of pounds as they ride across North Yorkshire on September 19.
elizabethae, which can cause heart disease in humans, and one of the black rats was found to be harbouring B.
I have kept wild black rats in captivity for about 8 years.
Rattus rattus, or black rats, are rampaging through Tuvalu's atolls and gnawing through the country's chief export crop -- coconuts.
All black rats captured during trapping efforts are removed from woodrat habitat.
Liverpool was considered to be an ideal setting for an outbreak as both a port city with a population of black rats, traditionally considered to be carriers of the original bubonic plague that scourged Europe as the Black Death during the Middle Ages.
Black rats of the type that spread bubonic plague may have triggered one of the biggest outbreaks of the deadly Sars epidemic, it was claimed today by New York scientist Dr Stephen Ng.
AS of this writing, four bodies have been removed from my attic - the carcasses of four black rats.
Some 65 percent of the total haul consisted of house mice, black rats, and other small mammals.
For years, rodenticides in Hawaiian macadamia orchards were broadcast onto the ground to control marauding black rats (Rattus rattus).