Definition of ship rat in English:
Another term for black rat.
- The ship rat invaded Big South Cape Island off Stewart Island, where the last population of South Island saddlebacks existed.
- In addition to sylvatic plague, a disease likely brought from Europe by ship rats, prairie dogs have suffered from aggressive poisoning campaigns by farmers and ranchers.
- The Black Death is said to have originated in Central Asia, to have been contracted from fur-bearing animals and to have been spread to Europe by ship rats and their fleas.
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