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White-throated Woodrat Neotoma albigula


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White-throated Woodrat
credit: Roger W. Barbour

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Family: Muridae, Mice and Rats view all from this family

Description Throat hairs are white to base. This medium-sized woodrat has a brown back and a bicolored tail. Tail has long hairs, but is not bushy. The soft short pelage often has blackish hairs interspersed with the brown. Ears are relatively long and feet are white

Dimensions 280-400mm, 75-185mm, 135-285g

Breeding Breeds year-round, with a gestation period of 38 days and litter sizes of 2 or 3. The young weigh about 10g at birth, and lactation lasts about 20-25 days.

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Grasslands & prairies, Deserts

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, California

Discussion Large stick dens are constructed of cactus and the woody stems of mesquite, juniper, and other shrubs. Found in a wide variety of habitats ranging from low desert to rocky slopes on mountainsides from sea level to 2500m.