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.
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
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’.
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 !!