Monday, 3 October 2016

The black rat - Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Cyprus

The black rat (Rattus rattus, also known as the ship ratroof rathouse ratAlexandrine ratold English rat, and other names) is a common long-tailed rodent of the genus Rattus (rats) in the subfamily Murinae (murine rodents). The species originated in tropical Asia and spread through the Near East in Roman times before reaching Europe by the 1st century and spreading with Europeans across the world.
Black rats are generalist omnivores. They are serious pests to farmers as they eat a wide range of agricultural crops.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Photos Latsia  by George Konstantinou

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