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Hydromys chrysogaster

Rakali or Water Rat

The Australian water-rat (Hydromys chrysogaster) is a genuine native rodent that was a natural part of our environment long before its pest cousins - the black rat and brown rat - arrived with the early colonists.  The water-rat (also known as rakali) is an extremely attractive mammal.  Its thick coat of soft fur, dense whiskers, blunt muzzle, partly webbed hind feet, and furry tail, all help create a resemblance to a miniature otter.

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Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat) at Mittagong, NSW - 10 Jul 2022 by Wildlifelover57 Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat) at Berrima, NSW - 18 Jun 2022 by VanceLawrence Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat) at Berrima, NSW - 13 Apr 2022 by GlossyGal
Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat) at Mittagong, NSW - 10 Jul 2022 by Wildlifelover57
Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat) at Berrima, NSW - 18 Jun 2022 by VanceLawrence
Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat) at Berrima, NSW - 13 Apr 2022 by GlossyGal

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Species information

  • Hydromys chrysogaster Scientific name
  • Rakali or Water Rat Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 0m to 1940m Recorded at altitude
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