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Neotoma phenax

Sonoran Woodrat

Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae


Conservation Status: Near Threatened.

Sonoran Woodrats have noticeably big ears. These inhabitants of coastal lowlands are brownish or grayish, with furred tails. Most of their nests have been found in thick brush, often along streams, or in thorny, tropical woodlands. They usually build their nests above the ground, sometimes as much as 6 m high in a thorny tree. These nests often hold caches of fruit and leaves. Other nests have been found on the ground, in and among cactus. There is some evidence that Sonoran Woodrats eat persimmons; they have been seen at night in persimmon trees. Not much is known about their reproductive habits, but several females have been found with litters of two, or carrying two fetuses. They may have two - or even more - litters per year.

Range: Total Length: 330-431 mm; Tail: 149-220 mm


Merriam, C.H., 1903. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 16:81.


Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Neotoma phenax