Surprisingly flat species of rat.
Result of a DOC200 trap.
Body length = 190mm
Tail length = 160mm
Total = 350mm
Result of a DOC200 trap baited with rabbit meat and an egg.
Yet another rat caught in DOC200 trap. Third this year - one a month since April.
Brown back, with lighter coloured stomach and white patch on chest.
Body: 16cm, Tail: 12.5cm.
This one on its way out of the trap after eating all the bait (almonds). Smaller than previous ones caught here. Tail 11cm, body 13cm.
Dead rat in trap. Been there for a while as I hadn't been out to check the trap due to the continuous rain.
Probably Rattus norvegicus from the looks of remains of the tail.
Possibly this is the cannibal who was eating the dead rat in the trap yesterday. Tail appears to be the same length as the body.
Rat caught in a DOC200 trap.
2 weeks between its first visit to trap and being caught (see http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/373623). Bait: Peanut butter.
Female, body length aprox 20cm, tail 15cm, weight aprox 160gm.
Second photo is from a monitoring infrared webcam and is the product of low light levels and slow shutter speeds - simultaneously showing the live rat, the trigged trap closing and the closed trap.
The brown rat, common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, brown Norway rat, Norwegian rat, wharf rat (Rattus norvegicus), or hood rat is one of the best known and most common rats.