Other Names: Packrat, Traderat
Earning its nickname "packrat," this rodent is particularly fond of shiny objects and will drop whatever it's carrying to take the trinket instead. Woodrats gnaw on fruit trees, furniture, mattress bedding, wires, conduits and paper products in the home. They can cause serious financial loss for farmers and homeowners.
Neotoma SPP. meaning "rodent that cuts with its teeth"
Ranges – brown, gray, black
10-16 ounces; same size as Norway Rat
7 inches; shorter than the body
Thick, rounded body; professionals describe as a "giant hamster"; very long, soft, fine fur
Bulging black eyes
½ inch long; oval shaped; found in piles
2-4 pups per litter
1-4 per year
38 days; slow population growth
Seeds, vegetation, nuts, berries, twigs, insects, small mammals, birds; Woodrats nesting inside homes often continue to feed outside.
Throughout US, although absent from New England & Great Lakes states
Stick "houses" under porches, inside sheds, attics, soffits, hard to reach wall & ceiling voids; similar to roof rats
¾ of an acre
Nocturnal; but common to see juveniles during the daytime
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