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 Mexican Woodrat
 Neotoma mexicana

Habitat: It is associated with rocky slopes and cliffs in montane shrublands, piņon-juniper woodlands, or montane forests. ). Dens and nests typically are beneath ledges or in fissures of cliffs. They also use abandoned or seasonally occupied buildings or mine tunnels.

Diet: Buds, flowers, and cones of a variety of species are also eaten. They eat practically any kind of plant available, especially oak, sagebrush, juniper, ponderosa pine, skunkbrush, mountain-mahogany, choke cherry, winterfat, snowberry, currant, rabbitbrush, and yucca (Finley 1958). Acorns, piņon nuts, and juniper "berries" are also important foods.

Description: This species is a medium-sized woodrat. The sides are a paler grayish buff while the underparts are whitish with all hairs gray at their bases. There is typically a dusky line or ring around the mouth. The short-haired tail is distinctly bicolored, blackish above and whitish gray below. The feet are white. Measurements are: total length 297-380 mm; length of tail 124-178 mm; length of hindfoot 29-38 mm; length of ear 26-28 mm; weight 149-255 g.

Range in Colorado: The Mexican woodrat is found in a narrow band along the Front Range and in southeastern Colorado, south of the Arkansas River. It also occurs in the volcanic San Luis Hills and in the canyon country of southwestern Colorado.


Status: This species is not listed.


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