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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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She provides shout-outs to many in the book and will continue to promote Arizona as a great place to start a business during her book tour, and on The Year a Roof Rat Ate My Dishwasher website.
The roof rats have targeted at least seven other pensioners, one aged 94.
For that nimble climber, the roof rat, the primary dwelling is usually one of four or five well-camouflaged bowl-shaped nests it has woven of twigs and branches deep inside a bush (such as a bougainvillea), large ivy or palm tree.
To help homeowners identify infestations, the team at Family Pest Control is explaining the clear differences between the two most common rat breeds - the Norway rat and the roof rat. For example, the Norway rat tends to be larger, and dwell in basement spaces where it chews through pipes and wires.
Roof Rat, Retrieved April, 14 2009 from http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/rattratt.htm
Lesser numbers of Coues' rice rats (pryzomys cousei) and unidentified cricetids, and one roof rat (Rattus rattus) also were among prey items recovered.
Three types of rats are commonly found here - the house mouse, Norway rat and roof rat. "Continuous efforts have paid off and we have been able to bring the numbers down.
The Roof rat is also known as the Black, Ship, or House rat.
Once largely an issue on coastlines and the Southeastern U.S., the roof rat, sometimes called the black rat or ship rat, is proliferating throughout the U.S.
The relation of food habits to the ecological distribution of Norway rat and roof rat. Jap.
Unpublished data collected by Institute for Wildlife Studies suggest a high percentage of mammalian prey in their diet including roof rat (Rattus rattus), North American deermouse (Peromyscus maniculatus), and house mouse (Mus musculus), as well as a small portion of lizards (Uta) and birds, primarily western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) and European starling (Sturnus vulgaris).