Pale Field Rat

Pale Field Rat

Rattus tunneyi


Body length 140 mm; tail length 120 mm; weight 80 g. Yellow-brown above; bulging eyes; tail shorter than head-body length.

Habitat and Range:

Mainland — grassy or tussocky open forest, cultivated pasture, pine plantations and canefields. Bay islands and wallum swamps. Northern Australia and along east coast of Qld.


Attractive gentle animal. Nocturnal. Builds runways through dense grass. Most easily confused with the Bush Rat, also similar to the Fawn-footed Melomys, Ship Rat and Sewer Rat.


Trackways through tussock grass. Droppings torpedo-shaped, usually pointed at one end (17 mm long by 4 mm wide).



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