Mammal Identification

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus

Identification features

photo of brown rat in a corner

  • Small sized mammal
  • Pointed muzzle
  • Large ears with visible hairless skin
  • Fur is a greyish all over
  • Tail is dark above and light below and is just shorter than the length of the body and head

Brown rats are widespread in almost any habitat, especially in urban areas where there is excess food.

Other identification clues


Foul smelling short 'tic-tak' shaped droppings which have blunt ends or one pointy end. They are blackish-brown in colour and up to 17mm long and 6mm wide.

Status in Derbyshire information