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Black Rat at Mawson, ACT

Rattus rattus at Mawson, ACT - 28 May 2022
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Identification history

Rattus rattus 28 May 2022 DonFletcher
Rattus norvegicus 28 May 2022 KateU

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Deceased, apparently from injury. Not sure whether this is a rat or other small similar mammal? Approx 18cm long excluding tail.

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   28 May 2022
Identification of small mammals from photos is uncertain. Helps to have: a measuring scale in all images and multiple photos showing entire tail, ratio of tail-length to body-length, pads under feet, nature of ears including how far ear reaches in relation to eye when folded forward, any markings on head or face. I think this is Rattus rattus.
KateU wrote:
   28 May 2022
Many thanks - noted for future reference!
   28 May 2022
Thanks KateU. Dead rats on open grass are mostly ones poisoned inside buildings or poultry runs. Rats or mice moribund from 2nd generation anti-coagulant toxins such as Brodifacoum are a real threat to Owls and small raptors. If you know who is baiting there are alternatives to 2nd generation anti-coagulants such as (a) removing food, sealing buildings, concreting floors, or other environmental changes; (b) traps or even (c) first generation anti-coagulant toxins such as Warfarin.

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 28 May 2022 10:28 AM Recorded on
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