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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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If we assume an equal amount of effort and equal risk of injury for bobcats to capture lagomorphs and packrats, the amount of biomass represented by the capture of one jackrabbit or rabbit is 10 times higher than that obtained from the capture of one packrat.
The result is more orderly than the closets of some human packrats.
A packrat would be someone stashing the great majority of the purchases.
McDowell's Antiques: 777-0601, Packrat Antiques: 778-1211.
PackRat's tracking functions are performed by the use of agendas and tasks, which are separate but can be interrelated as required.
When Cooper Wilder and his friends, Packrat and Roy, find a fox in the woods with its head stuck in a jar, they know it's time to investigate.
I confess to being something of a packrat and have quite a few back issues.
One academic packrat I had the pleasure of knowing was the late E.
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Thirty-two species of pseudoscorpions have been found co-existing with nine packrat (or wondrat) species of the genus Neotoma, and this association has been referred to as phoresy.
I am as guilty as you can get, I'm an admitted packrat. I've been toying with the idea of starting a Packrats Anonymous for folks like me that hate to let go of their accumulations of things they will never need.