Domestic Rat

(Rattus norvegicus)

Domestic rats are a part of Seneca Park Zoo’s ambassador animal collection.

Animal Facts


Rats are excellent foragers. They feed on many types of food including food discarded by humans. They also eat mice, chicks, birds, small lizards, and occasionally fish.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Norway rats are originally native to northern China. These rats were native to forests and brushy areas; today however, they prefer a habitat right alongside the rapid expansion of human populations.

Norway rats are common. They are subject to persistent pest control due to the damage they cause and the numerous diseases they spread.