- 7 – 9.5cm in length with a tail around the same length
- 12 – 30kg in weight
- Their relatively small feet & head and large eyes & can distinguish them from a young brown rat (raticus norvegicus).
- Up to 16 young per litter. 7 – 8 litters per year. This will mean a single breeding pair can produce up to 128 babies per year.
- Gestation period of about 3 weeks
- 8 – 12 weeks from birth to maturity
- Usually ground feeding and burrowing but often climbs
- Preferred food is cereals
- Will eat around 3kg of food a day and can survive without any additional water. They will drink up to 3ml a day if their diet is particularly dry.
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