Polynesian Rats in Hawaii

Polynesian rats are smaller than their Norwegian cousins the Norway rat, the Polynesian rat has a slender body, a pointed snout, large ears and a relatively small body and delicate feet, they can grow to up to 6 inches long from the tip of the tail to the tip of the nose and weigh about 40 to 80 grams. Polynesian rats are native to Southeast Asia but today the rodents inhabit New Guinea, New Zealand and also the Hawaiian Islands. These rats eat a wide
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range of foods, including broadleaf plants, grasses, and fruits. Electrical fences and physical barriers have been used to prevent rats from entering experimental farm plots. These rats became a pest because they are plants and crops and almost made a local plant extinct the most damage that they did was to the sugarcane crop of Hawaii, the government introduced hunting dogs and between 1958 and 1961 barn owls were introduced to try and control the amount of rodents.