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Rats And Mice

Rodents

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Common Rodents

Discover our comprehensive guide to common rodents found in the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie, ensuring you stay informed and prepared to tackle these unwelcome intruders.

Black Rat on Firewood in the Central Coast

Black Rat (Rattus rattus)

  • Size: Approximately 12-24 cm in body length, with a tail that can be as long as 28 cm
  • Color: Black to dark brown fur with a lighter-colored belly
  • Normal Habitat: Often found in roofs, attics, and wall cavities; prefers higher locations and can be found nesting in trees or other elevated areas around the home
Brown Rat on in Garden on the Central Coast

Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus)

  • Size: Larger than the Black Rat, with a body length of 20-27 cm and a tail that is slightly shorter than the body
  • Color: Brown to gray fur with a lighter-colored belly
  • Normal Habitat: Tends to reside in burrows, under buildings or structures, and in sewers; can also be found nesting in garden sheds, garages, or compost heaps around the home
House Mouse in Kitchen Cupboard on the Central Coast

House Mouse (Mus musculus)

  • Size: Smallest of the three, with a body length of 7-10 cm and a tail that is roughly the same length as the body
  • Color: Light brown to dark gray fur with a lighter-colored belly
  • Normal Habitat: Prefers to nest in small, concealed spaces within walls, under floorboards, or in cupboards; can also be found in garages, sheds, and gardens around the home
Swamp Rat in Backyard on the Central Coast

Swamp Rat (Rattus lutreolus)

  • Size: 12-20 cm in body length, with an additional 10-15 cm tail length.
  • Color: Dark brown to black color and lighter grey underside.
  • Physical features: Swamp Rats have small, rounded ears and a blunt, rounded snout. Their tails are semi-prehensile and covered in small scales and sparse hairs.
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