Pack Rat Mugshots

The Incarcerated Pack rats of Lazy C

Introduction to the Incarcerated Pack Rats of Lazy C

Living in a natural desert environment in Tucson, pack rats are part of life.  As long as they stay out of my garage and roof I let them be as they are part of the ecosystem. However, occasionally they need to go when they become destructive or make a mess. I live trap and would never use poisons or snap traps because they are in discriminant and can accidentally kill other wanted animals. You also don't want a poisoned rat entering your house then rotting. I capture the pack rats, take their mugshot, them release down the road into the desert, where they can make a new home. starting in Oct 2021 the prison became death row due to repeated vehicle damage. I add the mugshot plaque to the photo and post here.

Pack Rat Facts

Name: pack rat (Neotoma albigula - white-throated wood rat)Size: up to 15" and 8 oz.Their nests, or middens, consists of piles of branches, plant material, trash, etc. The dens are then fortified with cactus, particularly cholla. They are known for collecting objects to place in their den. They like shiny objects and will be more than happy to take your watch or jewelry to their den. Mine seem to like taking dog droppings to their nest. Pack rats are also quite happy with eating your landscape plants getting their water from succulents and cacti. They must have shelter to survive and will die with exposure to heat, cold or direct sunlight. The same pack rat midden may be used for centuries and have provided a valuable resource for paleobotanist and paleoentomologists and well as regular paleontologists, after all a man made piece stolen centuries ago could be in the nest. They can be VERY DESTRUCTIVE to your house and personal property. If your house is surrounded by natural desert they are an unavoidable inconvenience.

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