Australian rats scurry to desert en masse after rains

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Éruption de rats au centre de l’Australie

Autoroute entre Alice Spings et Darwin – Australie © AFP PHOTO / Chris McCall

A mass migration of rats is under way into the inland deserts of Australia after a run of high rainfall seasons, scientists say.

The native long-haired rat, or Rattus villosissimus, normally lives in the Barkly Tableland of the Northern Territory and in western Queensland.


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