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Subject: Rat
From: Don Fletcher <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018 08:16:28 +0000

Hi Lyndon


If Forde Ck is in Forde the suburb then it is a black rat Rattus rattus.  From this photo direction it seems to be a black rat but there is a close similarity with the bush rat Rattus fuscipes. The easiest way to tell them apart is the length of the tail relative to the body so do you have other photos showing the tail?  Also if it climbed or was from an urban area it will be a black rat.  A photo of the foot pads can also be helpful with small mammals.


By far the best way to get photos of such animals identified using the internet, as far as I know, is to post the photos to the Facebook group ‘Australian Mammal Identification’.   A couple of the main users have exceptional skill. 




Don Fletcher

0428 48 9990


From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Friday, 8 June 2018 2:52 PM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Rat


It certainly is not an Antechinus, let alone an antichynus.




From: Geoffrey Dabb [m("","gdabb");">]
Sent: Friday, 8 June, 2018 11:55 AM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Rat


In the absence of any indication of scale, Lyndon, it could even be the Giant Rat of Sumatra, ‘a story for which the world is not yet prepared’.


From: Lyndon Howe [m("","lghowe");">]
Sent: Friday, 8 June 2018 11:49 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Rat


Thanks to all who offered opinions on my rat pic. It seems it could be a black rat, bush rat, antichynus or even a rattus turnbullus or trumprattus !!

                             Lyndon Howe.

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