Protected native eastern swamp rats identified in South East gardens

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: The rare and protected native eastern swamp rat has been caught up in a case of mistaken identity recently, with home owners confusing the species for the less popular feral black and brown rats.

NATIVE critters have been caught up in a case of mistaken identity, with recent reports of feral rats in local gardens later identified as the rare and protected native eastern swamp rat.

Natural Resources South East senior ranger Cath Bell said the eastern swamp rat could easily be mistaken for a less popular feral species such as the black or brown rat.

“If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this shy native animal,

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