What do brown rats eat?
In the wild, brown rats eat a variety of foods including seeds, grains, fruits and vegetables. They also commonly eat other small animals such as insects and frogs. Rats will take advantage of any food source they can find.
In urban environments, brown rats mostly eat human leftovers such as raw or cooked meats, nuts and cheeses, as well as breads and pastas. In homes, brown rats have been known to eat almost anything from the inside of a refrigerator to dog food or dry dog biscuits.
In addition, some less common foods for this species include portions of insects such as bees, wasps and grasshoppers. Brown rats can also prey on other small animals such as fish, birds and mice. [source]
In nature, brown rats eat a lot of plant matter and some insects. In cities, they often find themselves dining on human food waste in dumpsters and trash cans, but also scrounge for whatever else they can find to survive. And that includes other rats.
For this reason, they have earned the fear of many who blame them on spreading disease. It depends on where they are, but it’s mostly plants and sometimes other animals. Mostly though, they stick to human food waste when they can find it.
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