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brown rat

n.
The common domestic rat (Rattus norvegicus), which is found worldwide and is a destructive pest of crops and stored food and a carrier of disease. Also called Norway rat.
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Key words: Brown Rat, Oregon, predation, Rattus norvegicus, Tamias townsendii, Townsend's Chipmunk
The maximum life span for a brown rat is up to three years, but one is more common.
The Norway rat or brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) is a case in point.
As a result, the Star Ledger reported: "The Senate yesterday passed a bill that would expand the list of activities exempted from the [law] to include the killing or disposal of a Norway brown rat, black rat, and house mouse." The Ledger quoted the bill's sponsor, Joseph Palaia (Republican of Monmouth), defending the legislation: "'People who beat their pets, deprive them of water or food, or needlessly kill and mutilate their animals should be treated as animals.'"
But no....it was a big brown rat," the chief White House correspondent of Fox News tweeted on Monday.
THE best-known rat species are the black rat (Rattus rattus) and brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).
The Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) is an Old World rodent that is native to central Asia, but through inadvertent human transport has colonized every continent except Antarctica (Silver 1927).
So when I got home there was one nasty brown rat in the garden and three cute desert rats in the house.
It is also an indigenous species which has been here for thousands of years, unlike the brown rat, which is an immigrant that arrived in the 18th century due to human agency.
Like its brown rat cousin, the grey squirrel is a great carrier of disease, especially to any reds in the neighbourhood and does immense damage to young trees and plants.