Rats and Mice

The Greater Brisbane Region is home to seven species of native rodents and three introduced species.

All of these can be distinguished from the marsupials by the long pair of yellow, beaver-like incisors (teeth) found at the tip of the mouth on the upper and lower jaws.

All but the House Mouse and the Water Rat are look-alikes and can be hard to identify.

With the exception of the introduced House Mouse, Ship Rat and Sewer Rat, all the rodents listed here are protected.

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