Nocturnal Wood Rat

When I began this blog in 2011 one of the “rules” I set up for myself was that I would post only photographs that I personally took. After five years, I am going to break that rule. . . well, partially break the rule. I may not have pushed the shutter, yet the pictures were taken with one of my cameras.

Leonard and IĀ  have a trail cam that we set up around our property (Lookout CA) to capture photographs of the denizens of the night. It is amazing how much activity occurs around the house after dusk. Occasionally we see animal tracks, scat or other evidence of nocturnal visitors. However the trail cam reveals that the night indeed does “have a thousand eyes”.

As I mentioned in previous posts (see 02-05-16), the dusky-footed wood rat (Neotoma fuscipes) is nocturnal. We set up the trail cam next to a wood rat nest (see 02-03-16) and captured this dusky-footed wood rat crawling around on a nearby branch. The other photograph is a wood rat walking down a lane between pastures. This picture surprised Leonard and I because that area is flat pastureland and there are no wood rat nests within a quarter mile or more of the site. Maybe the dusky-footed wood rat was searching for a new nesting site.

Pack rat and trade rat are other common names for the dusky-footed wood rat.


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2 Responses to Nocturnal Wood Rat

  1. usermattw says:

    I’m glad you decided to share some of the trail cam pictures. (A pack rat, eh? I wonder of his nest looks anything like my apartment. šŸ˜‰ )

    • gingkochris says:

      Er, yes, I believe there is a resemblance between your apartment and the nest. šŸ™‚ I may eventually share more trail cam pictures. We do get some interesting night visitors.

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