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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).
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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).