The Water Rat, p.56.

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   DIFFERS very little from the Land Rat, and inhabits the banks of rivers and ponds, where he digs holes always above the water mark, and feeds on fish, frogs and insects. The Norway Rat, which has now almost destroyed the aborigines ones, was first known in England about sixty years ago: they live near rivers and ponds in summer, and when winter approaches, they frequent the farm-house, burrow in the corn-fields, infest the mows and stakes, attack the poultry-yard and commit vast depredations. 

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