The “Norway rat” (Rattus norvegicus), known also as the “brown rat” is rivaled as a pest only by the house mouse (Mus domesticus vel musculus) and the “ship” or “black” rat (Rattus rattus). R. norvegicus also displays peculiar features that make it of special interest to both ethologists and experimental psychologists. This chapter provides an overview of the ecology of the wild R. norvegicus.
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