black rats http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/59/all en Black Rats, Brown Rats, and the Plague http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague <p>I&#39;ve been spending a lot of time thinking about rats. Thankfully, it is not because I have a problem in my apartment! Unfortunately, for many people in L.A., rats are a serious pest, and it&#39;s not just one type of rat. The most serious rodent offenders in our cities are the brown (aka Norway) rat, <em>Rattus norvegicus</em>, and the black rat, <em>Rattus rattus</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague#comments black rats brown rats California ground squirrel Jim Dines mammals pests plague Rats Rattus norvegicus Rattus rattus Blog Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 694 at http://www.nhm.org/nature