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 brown rat

Scientific name: Rattus norvegicus

Habitat: brush, forests, urban areas

Diet: leaves, seeds, grain, fruit, small animals

Life span: 2-4 years

Young: 8 pups/litter

Size: 140-500 g (0.3-1.1 lbs)

Brown rats (also known as Norway rats) are native to northern China. Due to their adaptable nature they are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

Primarily nocturnal, rats wait for dusk to dig burrows, construct nests and forage for food. Rats have an amazing sense of smell and can feel their way through total darkness with their paws and whiskers.

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Norway rat on Animal Diversity Web


Range: world-wide except some northern regions

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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