Bushy-Tailed Woodrat

Neotoma cinerea

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  • Bushy-Tailed Woodrat |  Photo: NPS
  • Bushy-Tailed Woodrat |  Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

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Bushy-Tailed Woodrats are generally between 11 and 18 inches in length.


up to 3 years


Bushy-Tailed Woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) facts, habitat, diet, range, woodrat pictures and more to help you learn to identify the widespread rodent.




Bushy-tailed Woodrats breed in the spring and early summer. Females have four mammary glands, so litters above that tend to lose young.


Western Plains - Western U.S.

Number of Offspring

2-6 young.

What does the Bushy-Tailed Woodrat look like?

Bushy-tailed Woodrats upper bodies are overall brown with speckled black fur. They have white under carriages and feet. They have sharp claws, long bushy tails and large rounded ears.

Bushy-Tailed Woodrat Habitat

Open Forests

Bushy-Tailed Woodrat Facts

Bushy-tailed Woodrats are colloquially known as "packrats," and for good reason. They are attracted to shiny objects and are known to steal them. In one documented case in Kalispell Montana; a Bushy-tailed Woodrat was suspected of stealing a set of diamond earrings and ring. They are highly territorial and use their fowl smelling urine to mark their territory. If you smell it, fear not, Bushy-tailed Woodrats don't make waste near where they sleep. Males will allow females in his territory, but will defend it against another male. They have sharp claws and long tails, which make them agile climbers. They have many predators including, irds of prey, bears, bobcats, weasels, and coyotes.

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