House Rat or Black Rat

House Rat (Rattus rattus)


The black rat, also known as ship rat, roof rat, or house rat—is a common long-tailed rodent. Black rats are generalist omnivores. They are serious pests to farmers because they eat a wide range of agricultural crops. They are black to light brown in color with a lighter underside. Tamed black rats are sometimes kept as pets, but are much less common in this role than the larger brown rat.