Appearance:Brown, heavy-bodied, 6 to 8 inches long; small eyes and ears, blunt nose;
tail is shorter than head and body; fur is shaggy; droppings are capsule-shaped.
Habits:Nest in underground burrows, from which they enter buildings in search of food;
tend to remain in hiding during the day.
Diet:Omnivorous, but prefer meats; cannot survive long without water.
Reproduction:Reaches sexual maturity in 2 months; can breed any month of the year;
litter may number from 8 to 12; females can have 4 to 7 litters per year; adults live as long as one year.
Other Information:Most common rat in U.S.; limited agility, but excellent swimmer; carrier of many serious diseases.
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