Common Rodent Species: Rodent Identification

Commensal Rodents – The term is commonly used to describe rats and mice that live in close proximity to humans, living in the structure or in the garden area of the structure. They become very dependent on humans for sources of shelter, food and water. They also become dependent on certain human behaviors that will allow them to thrive. The three most common rodent species in southern California are:

  • Norway Rats (rattus norvegicus)
  • Roof Rats (rattus rattus)
  • House Mouse (mus musculus)

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