Roof Rat Facts
- Roof Rats are 10 to 15 inches in length
- Roof Rats can be either black, brown or gray in color
- Also known as the ship rat or black rat; Roof Rats are usually found in coastal areas
- Adult Roof Rats can weigh between 5-10 ounces and spread diseases through their urine and droppings
One of the most common rat species in the United States, Roof rats, also known as black rats, are generally smaller, sleeker, and slightly slimmer than Norway rats. The roof rat has a more limited geographical range than the Norway rat, preferring ocean-influenced, warmer climates. They are found primarily in the southeastern states and western coastal regions of the United States.