Brown rat

The brown rat is common in urban areas of the Northern Territory (NT). 


Brown rats don't make a large impact on the natural environment as they are found in urban areas. 

They do affect the biodiversity of the area by eating small birds, lizards, small native mammals, rodents and amphibians. 

Brown rats will eat almost anything and compete with native species for resources.


If you have a problem with brown rats, you can try any of the following control methods:

  • remove access to food
  • dispose garbage away from your house
  • remove any animal or pet foods that rats may access
  • rat-proof any food storage areas or containers.

Last updated: 17 August 2015

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