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Bush Rat Fact File

Rattus fuscipes






<I>Rattus fuscipes</I>

Rattus fuscipes
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The Bush Rat can be quite difficult to find because of its nocturnal habits and the fact that it prefers to nest hidden in dense forest. A native rat, the Bush Rat is grey-brown in colour with rounded ears and a relatively short tail. It may sometimes be confused with other rodents seen in Sydney, such as the introduced Black Rat (Rattus rattus) and the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus). The differences are that the Black Rat has a tail longer than its body and is not as shy around humans as the Bush Rat, and the Brown Rat has small ears and a thick tail.

The Bush Rat is an omnivore and eats fungi, grasses, fruits, seeds and insects.

Distribution:
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and south-western Western Australia.

Habitat:
Forests and woodlands, heath.

Status:
Common

Size:
Body 11-21 cm, tail 10-19 cm.