Mice, Voles & Rats
New World Mice & Rats (Cricetidae)
Measurement: Size: 40-42 cm Weight: 350-400 g (12.5-14 oz)
Description: The bushy-tailed wood rat looks like a large mouse, with a heavy gray coat and furry tail. The tip of the tail is more heavily haired, and appears quite thick. Their underside and feet are white. The ears are large and round, and the eyes big and black. This is our largest terrestrial mouse-like rodent, and is commonly referred to as the pack rat. It has a habit of taking up residence in hostels, huts, and the occasional home. They don't respect the hospitality of the home-owner, but make a mess of mattresses and other soft upholstery, building huge, smelly nests under cabinets and other dark areas. They have a habit of collecting interesting objects which they bring to their nest. They also like to uses cave entrances, holes in rock faces and rock overhangs. Their primary foods include leaves, needles, seeds and berries. They stockpile food near their den for the winter. They generally produce at least two litters each year, with 3-4 young each.
Bushy-tailed Wood Rat sightings
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Bushy-tailed Wood Rat