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member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far the largest mammalian order; nearly half of all mammal species are rodents.
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 of the genus Neotoma, of North and Central America, noted for its habit of collecting bright, shiny objects and leaving other objects, such as nuts or pebbles, in their place; also called trade rat or wood rat. Most common in the southern and western parts of the United States, but found as far south as Nicaragua, the pack rat stores the objects it collects to decorate its nest. The rodent may reach a length of 18 in. (45.7 cm) including tail, has soft brown fur, and resembles a squirrel with large ears. It eats nuts, berries, seeds, twigs, and roots. Its nest is a large stick structure built in a sheltered area. The desert species adorns its nest with bits of cactus, turning it into an impenetrable fortress. A litter is born after a gestation period of 33 to 39 days and contains from two to six young. Pack rats are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Cricetidae.
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Triatoma gerstaeckeri is considered a sylvatic species, most frequently associated with pack rat (Neotoma spp.
Defining Characteristics: The pack rat can't throw anything away.
Perry Pack Rat arrived with a huge ball of twine, an umbrella, a fishbowl, a bagful of rocks, a bent bicycle wheel, and his big wooden box.
Avoid coming into contact with rodentsand rodent burrowsot disturbing dens (such as pack rat nests).
To help overcome the pack rat habit, ask yourself the following questions before keeping anything: "If I need this again, can I get it again with reasonable effort?
By Luke Gelber When it comes to property management, the federal government is a bit of a pack rat.