Eastern woodrat

Eastern woodrat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Sigmodontinae
Species : Neotoma floridana


Keywords: white , black

The Eastern woodrat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the eastern woodrat
A young / baby of a eastern woodrat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A eastern woodrat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
United States
Some facts about the
Eastern woodrat

Adult weight : 0.291 kg (0.6402 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 9 years

Female maturity :95 days

Gestation : 33 days

Weaning : 22 days

Litter size : 4

Litters per year : 3

Interval between litters : 83 days

Weight at birth : 0.013 kg (0.0286 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.046 kg (0.1012 lbs)

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Facts about the eastern woodrat

In constrast with the bushy-tailed woodrat’s familiar presence in suitable western South Dakota sites, the status of the eastern woodrat is much more mysterious.

The Eastern woodrat is not currently an endangered species.

The eastern woodrat, Neotoma floridana, is the first discovery Meriwether Lewis makes of an animal species that is unknown to science.

Description: The eastern woodrat is a large sigmodontine with a relatively short, sparsely haired tail that is not scaly. (Full text)

Eastern woodrats are able to discriminate between food)Tj -6. (Full text)

Neotoma floridana is widely distributed in the south-central and southeastern United States. (Full text)

The Florida wood rat (Neotoma Floridana) is the best-known species. (Full text)

Photo Credit: Rob Criswell IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS: The eastern woodrat is an eastern relative of the much better known packrat of the West. (Full text)

The eastern woodrat is found from the Blue Ridge westward, generally where cliffs, rock slides, or caves are present. (Full text)

The eastern woodrat is a native rat, not to be confused with such introduced species as the black rat or Norway rat. (Full text)

The eastern woodrat is most frequently associated with trees, either along stream courses in the western part of the state, or in deciduous forests in the east. (Full text)

While such communal relationships may be tolerated, eastern woodrats are strongly territorial, and will defend their nests against other members of their species. (Full text)

The Eastern Woodrat is from the order Rodentia. (Full text)

htm Eastern Woodrat Neotoma floridana CLASSIFICATION Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Family Cricetidae Genus Neotoma Species floridana DESCRIPTION The Eastern Woodrat is a small mammal that ranges from twelve to seventeen inches in length. (Full text)

The homes of Eastern Woodrats are made of sticks. (Full text)

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