angelatopaz's picture

Big mouse

Observed: 15th September 2013 By: angelatopazangelatopaz’s reputation in Mammalsangelatopaz’s reputation in Mammals
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Description:

This was bigger than mice I have seen back home. Huge ears.

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notpop's picture

Black Rat

My i.d. is based on rodents I have seen in U.K. (including Black Rat).
Possible there are rodents in Portugal I am not familiar with.
However I am VERY familiar with Brown Rat
(author of "Practical Pest Control")

angelatopaz's picture

Thankyou, I can now see in a

Thankyou, I can now see in a couple of other photos I have of it, it has a rather long tail too.

AH

Gill Sinclair's picture

Black rat?

The prominence of the ears does look like black rat, and the colour of the coat is very variable in that species.
The only other thing I can think of is a Mus species that we don't have in the UK - the Algerian mouse Mus spretus which does have quite large ears. It also has quite a 'roman' nose, but difficult to see that here.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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the naturalist man's picture

Rodent

It's not a brown rat, the ears are too large and the muzzle too pointed.

I'm not convinced it is a black rat either, the fur looks too smooth and sleek.

As Gill hints at above I suspect it may be an Algerian mouse, large ears, dark tail; however, I'm not ready to rule out black rat.

Can you give any idea how big it was?

Graham Banwell

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angelatopaz's picture

size

It was about the size of a pet rat. If that helps.

AH

the naturalist man's picture

Rat

It's a black rat then, the Algerian mouse is the size of a large wood mouse.

Graham Banwell

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