wood rat

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wood rat:

see pack ratpack rat,
rodent 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.
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neotomae, isolated in 1957 from wood rats (Neotoma lepida) in North America (2), has been considered nonzoonotic (3).
He collected over 386 specimens using 2 collection methods: wood rat dwelling inspection and black light trapping.
In January of 2001, a farmer in Bedias, Texas, (eastern central Texas) found an eastern wood rat (Neotoma floridana) in a hay barn.
Effects of the microclimate on parasitic nest mites of the dusky footed wood rat, Neotoma fuscipes Baird.
Aftergut believes that rural areas are more at risk because of their proximity to wooded areas, where the burrowing wood rat and sand flies are more likely to be found.
Rodent traps were placed in and around the couple's home and along a nearby hiking trail, where wood rat (Neotoma species) nests and rodent burrows were abundant.
Seven types of rodent species were located in these sites: deer mouse, wood rat, spiny mouse, kangaroo rat, cotton rat, harvest mouse, and pygmy mouse.
Now a wood rat peeks from the messy den it's built beneath the spiny pads of a prickly pear.
By tapping on the can with a stick, we determined that it held a pack rat (scientific name: Neotoma cinera, also known as a wood rat or trade rat) almost as large as a cat.
When wood rat populations surge, losses can be severe.
This implication contrasts with the role of some rodent reservoirs such as the dusky-footed wood rat (Neotoma fuscipes) in the United States, which can remain PCR-positive for more than 1 year and act as an overwinter reservoir of infection (33,34).