COMMON ARIZONA PESTS
Wood Rats or "Packrats"
The bushy-tailed wood rat is mostly a
species of the western mountains but can be found in the desert
landscape of Arizona in areas of rock and sandstone
outcroppings. They are large, handsome rodents measuring about
14 inches in length including the 6 inch tail. Adults weigh a
little over half a pound. Packrats can be identified by their
large ears and bushy tail.
The back is pale grayish brown with black wash. The sides are
lighter brown and the belly and feet are white. Nest are found
in areas that have rocky or sandstone outcroppings. They also
may be found in buildings in close proximity to these rocky
areas. This species is active year round primarily during the
night. They feed on the leaves of shrubs, cactus for water,
flowering plants, pine needles, fruits, and seed heads.
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