Monday, 21 November 2011

Ratty weather

Overcast with drizzle, just perfect weather for a Swamp Rat Rattus lutreolus to get out and about checking suitable areas to dig a burrow and nibble on some grasses along the way. Not sure if it was such a good idea though as it came very close to stumbling across a Red Bellied Black snake that was trying to get some warmth out of the watery light. The snake may yet get its prey as they are particularly adept at following the scent trail.

These native rats are diurnal although most of the time is spent following their intricate network of tunnels and trails through the areas of tussock grasses that are their primary food source.

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