Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) (?)
Simei, 2nd June 2012

This photograph of a rat carcass in a carpark was shared by Sankar Ananthanarayanan. A possible roadkill, it had clearly been run over several times by passing motor vehicles.

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Due to the relatively short tail, my guess is that this carcass could belong to the species known as the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also sometimes called the Common or Norway Rat. Despite its name, it is believed to have originated in northeast Asia.

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