Thought to have been introduced to Sydney here in New South Wales with the First Fleet in 1788 and then spreading throughout much of coastal Australia. Most commonly seen in urban environments, (but also in undisturbed areas around the coast).
Also commonly known as black rat and despite this name they are usually brown or grey.
Living in urban areas, preferring to live in roofs, cavities of walls, trees, around farms.
Around 15 cm body length, not including tail.
The black rat, also known as the roof rat, ship rat, or house rat, is a common long-tailed rodent of the stereotypical rat genus ''Rattus'', in the subfamily Murinae. It likely originated in the Indian subcontinent, but is now found worldwide.