another term for black rat.
More example sentences
- 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.