This attractive native rat has large round ears, a pleasant face, and a modest amount of fur on its tail. Woodrats are active mostly at night and seldom seen, but their houses are easy to spot. Look for a large pile of sticks in the chaparral or coastal sage scrub. A house can be 6 feet tall, and may have some of the interesting objects the owner has collected incorporated into the walls.
Woodrats are also known as packrats for their habit of collecting interesting objects.
What’s for Lunch:
Fruits, small bulbs, flowers, seeds, nuts, and acorns
A dome-shaped stick house in chaparral or coastal sage scrub