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
Other Names: Packrat, Traderat
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
2-4 pups per litter
1-4 per year
38 days; slow population growth