|This rat lives both with man,
and in the open where vegetation is tall. It makes its home principally in
a basement or a burrow under a sidewalk or outbuilding. It appears to be
most common around feed stores, chicken houses and garbage dumps.
The Norway Rat is more at home on the ground, but has
been seen crossing from one building to another along a telephone wire,
so it is an excellent climber. Around poultry houses, the rat feeds
extensively on eggs and young chickens. It has even been known to kill
lambs and young pigs!