Pack Rat Facts
- Pack Rats are 12 to 16 inches in length.
- Pack Rats are typically gray with a white underside.
- Usually Pack Rats are found in southern states and desert areas entering homes in the winter to have their offspring.
- Pack Rats nest in rocky crevices and underground chambers feeding on cactuses and leafy plants.
Pack rats, also referred to as woodrats or trade rats, pick up any curious object they find in their habitat and “pack” it home to the den, where bits of rock or wood, cow chips, bones and hardware all add to the strength of the house. A peculiar characteristic is that if woodrats find something they want, they will drop what they are currently carrying and “trade” it for the new item. They are particularly fond of shiny objects.