False Water Rat

False Water Rat

This endangered species has only 17 specimens and had been discovered on 1978. It is difficult to the biologists to study these creatures because they live in the swamps and estuaries of Northern Australia.

Just like other rat, it is about 15 cm from the nose to tip of tail; it doesn’t have flattened head and partly webbed feet. This land living rat catches their food in or near water and can be easily mistaken for other terrestrial rat species.

False Water Rat

It has a dark grey fur and water resistant which helps by feeding mangroves and catching live crabs longer than it. It has an adapted tooth which is for crushing the hard shell of shell fish.

The Survival of this species has been threatened by draining of swamps, sand mining, homes and clearing for recreation.

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