A question about rats

To: "Steve Holliday" <>, <>
Subject: A question about rats
From: Bron King <>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 06:46:02 +1100
Exactly so.  Generally speaking, small mammals survive to adult size only by keeping out of sight.

At 06:07 PM 11/03/2007, Steve Holliday wrote:
Many thanks Daryl, really helpful
On that basis I'm happy to call it Rattus rattus. I suspect Roy the dog could have removed a fair piece of the tail, the end of what was left wasn't very tapered. I'm interested by the median sizes you give, most R.rattus I have seen here, usually in the grape vine or fig tree, have looked a fair bit smaller, presumably immatures. Maybe the older ones are cagier and better able to keep out of sight.
And extra thanks for not asking me to retrieve the body.
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