Fact Sheet – Brown Rat

Origin                  Introduced

Description        Short grey/brown fur , long hairless tail

Size                      Length 20-30cm / Weight 200-350g

Habitat               Throughout Britain 

Diet                      Varied diet, omnivore but mainly cereals

Young                  Upto 5 litter per year 6-11 young

Nest                     Nest chamber

Lifespan              Normally 1-2 years but can live upto 6 years

Population          Uk population estimated at 10 million 

Status                   No legal protection

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