The woodrat is often referred to as a packrat because it hoards various items in its den. Their nest can be as big as 4 feet high by 8 feet wide, and filled with nesting materials and manmade objects. They are particularly fond of shiny objects.
Only one packrat resides in each den, unless a mother is caring for her young. During the day, the nocturnal woodrat will take shelter in its den or find a rock crevice or hallow tree. There are 22 known species of woodrats.
Find me at EPZ
Location: Trail of the Jaguar exhibit, adjacent to the barn
Arrived at EPZ: Thistle - 4/15/16; Pollen - 5/22/2018; Bramble - 7/2020; Juniper - 7/2020