Woodrats

Woodrat Facts

Scientific Name:

Neotoma SPP. meaning "rodent that cuts with its teeth"

Color:

Ranges – brown, gray, black

Weight:

10-16 ounces; same size as Norway Rat

Length:

7 inches

Tail Length:

7 inches; shorter than the body

Body:

Thick, rounded body; professionals describe as a "giant hamster"; very long, soft, fine fur

Ears:

Large ears

Eyes:

Bulging black eyes

Lifespan:

3 years

Droppings:

½ inch long; oval shaped; found in piles

 

Suggested Woodrat Baits

Do you have a rat trap and need to know what the best rat bait options are? Victor® recommends the following baits to attract Woodrats.

Nuts

Nesting Materials such as dental floss, yarn or twine

Peanut butter

Dried Fruit

Pet food

Bird seed

Tying the bait to the trigger will prevent the rodent from licking or nibbling the bait and stealing it without setting off the trap.

For baits that cannot be tied (peanut butter, e.g.), it's best to use small amounts.