Big-Eared Woodrat

Neotoma macrotis

They may look like big, messy mounds of sticks, but the nests of the woodrats that can be found lodged in the undergrowth or low in the branches of oak trees are anything but disorganized!  These highly-skilled architects construct several distinct chambers as pantries, bedrooms, nurseries, and latrines.  Read more about the behavior of this fascinating species here.

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While their nests are large and easy to see throughout campus, the woodrats themselves are nocturnal and rarely seen. You may, however, be able to see the trails it uses to and from its nest when it ventures out.

Photo Credit: Amanda Sparkman