Ship or common rat. Photo: Herb Christophers.

Ship or common rat

Rats are introduced pests which threaten the long-term survival of native species. They include the Pacific rat/kiore, ship or common rat and Norway or brown rat.

Kiore, introduced by early Maori voyagers, predate rare weta, snails, frogs, lizards, tuatara, birds and bats, as well as other insects and the flowers, fruits and seeds of plants.

Ship rats and Norway rats also eat any small animals and plant material, including the adults, eggs and chicks of many rare birds.