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Rice-field rat

The Rice-field Rat, Rattus argentiventer is a species of rat found throughout Southeast Asia.


The Rice-field Rat is a medium-sized rat with a grizzed yellow-brown and black pelage. Its belly is gray in the midline with whiter flanks. The tail is uniformly medium brown. The Rice-field Rat is between 304-400mm long with a tail length of 140-200mm and a skull length of 37-41mm.


Rice-field Rats primarily reside in cultivated areas such as rice paddies and grasslands. It is largely dependent on human rice fields and plantations. Rice field rats shelter in burrows in soil, under rocks, and in logs.



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