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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

25. The Common or Brown Rat
(Rattus norvegicus)

25. The Common or Brown Rat

The common or brown rat reached Britain about the time of the great fire of London and was established by early Georgian times, hence it is sometimes called the Hanoverian rat. A native of Asia, it has now attained almost world wide distribution as a more or less parasitic species. In ship and warehouse, stackyard and granary, the rat enjoys itself and flourishes, despite the most strenuous efforts to keep it under control. The damage done by rats in the course of twelve months is truly terrific. Yet some rats, the white and piebald ones, are popular as children's pets.