Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common wild rat of India, Mus rufescens, which frequents the roofs of houses.
- n. A West Indian arboreal rodent of either of the genera Capromys and Plagiodon. See cuts under pilori-rat and Plagiodon.
“Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), pale field-rat (Rattus tunneyi), golden-backed tree-rat, and golden bandicoot have declined, especially in the lower rainfall lowland portions of this ecoregion.”
“None of these species now occurs in the southwest Kimberley, although the golden-backed tree-rat and golden bandicoot are still present in the rugged north Kimberley.”
“The tree-rat then jumped in through the mouth of the jack-o-lantern, bushy tail vanishing between the teeth, and then popped up through the lid to keep a beady rodent-eye on me until I had passed beyond safe distance...”
“He saw older hare tracks, expanded by the faint heat of the midday sun, tree-rat tracks, but nothing larger or newer.”
“That tree-rat,' he said suddenly (he always called them'tree-rats ', on the grounds that people were too sentimental to shoot the dear little squirrels),' it reminded me of a very peculiar experience that happened shortly before I retired.”
“If you'll excuse me a moment, I'm going to have another shot at that tree-rat.”
“Tom stepped softly out of a nearby thicket, licking his chops and apparently thinking of the delicate lunch of fat tree-rat he had just eaten.”
“He calls it "the white-bellied tree-rat of Ceylon," and he states that it lives on trees or in the ceiling of houses in preference to the lower parts.”
“One of the studies declining species: the black-footed tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii).”
“very numerous in the coast country around Roebuck Bay ... great numbers being brought to me"; and for the golden-backed tree-rat (Mesembriomys macrurus) "the houses of settlers ... are always tenanted by (this species)".”
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