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Bush Rat

Unlike introduced rats, the bush rat does not readily exploit rubbish. They prefer natural habitat and are readily seen within urban reserves and surrounding bushland.

Native Rodents Bushland Heathland

Noongar Names: Unknown

Scientific Name: Rattus fuscipes

Conservation Status: Common

Threats: Cat and fox predation, rodenticide, habitat loss

Will they visit?: Bush rats will visit home gardens located near local reserves, parks, or bushland

Natural Distribution: Widespread and common throughout the South West and Perth region.

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Burrows, hollow logs, or constructed small mammal nest boxes

Diet: Seeds, fruits, flowers, and foliage

Water: Shallow water dish

ReWild Benefit: Moving seeds around the landscape

ReWild Benefits

Bush Rats keep our biodiversity turning as they often disperse pollen, seeds, and are food for predatory wildlife. Bush Rats are unique to Australia and like many native rodents, they face threats including habitat fragmentation, altered fire regimes, competition from introduced rodents, and predation from cats and foxes. If you see a Bush Rat, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!


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