LAZY C PACK RATS
MUGSHOTS OF 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. 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.
The inaugural mugshots. These two look like twins with both missing a patch of hair from the top of their noses.
This one looks much darker with some darker hairs on top.
This pack rat has an enlarged scabbed over swelling on its nec. It looks like th ehome for a bot fly larvae, but the larvae is not sticking out.
This pack rat also has a lump that may have taken out its right eye, likely another bot fly larva.
While transferring to a bucket, the pack rat got away, ran into the laundry room where my dog Fringe helped me recapture it. Fringe would grab it i nher mouth a couple of times but kept letting it go. Finally I was able to get a bucket over it. The rat was relocated missing its tail sheath that was pulled off during recapture.
I captured this pack rat but my dog Cazie took the cage into the dog yard and presumably let it get away having found no evidence she caught and crunched the rat.
Pack Rat Nests
These are pack rat nests on my property, They are away from the house. The nest between two young saguaros is near where my driveway forks from the common driveway I share with my neighbor. The other nest is in between and over a pile of rocks.
The 2009 prison season starts with two in one night.
This was a big male.
I have found that using Cheetos or popcorn as bait in the live trap is the most effective. Crackers are less successful.
This fellow was wreaking havoc in my garage. He was elusive to catch and was taunting me. I once heard him say "and I shall taunt you a second time you silly English kniggit". Before I caught him he chewed the rubber seal at the bottom of the garage door and started to chew the seal to the house door.He also chewed the wire going to the garage door safety sensor so I have to repair that before the door will work again. He was caught using a delightful presentation of smooth peanut butter on a club cracker.
Another male pack rat.
Another male. I'd rather be getting rid of baby producing females.
A small male.
9Sep2009 Mugshot: A very special 9-9-9 one.
The next time I could have a pack rat with the same digit for day month and year will be 1Jan2101 for 1-1-1.
I almost took this pack rat to work with me. On the way to work I forgot to stop to let him out in the desert and didn't realize it until I was on the highway. This one was dropped off of the road to Mission San Xavier Del Bac.
15Sep2010 & 16Sep2010 Mugshots
The first two prisoners of 2010.
Double trouble night.
Last night I caught two pack rats. This morning Cazie and Fringe worked together to get one of the rats out of the cage and crunched it. Cazie is the bad influence. Fringe has never tried to bother them in the cage but Cazie has carried a cage with pack rat off before to secretly crunch it or let it escape. I hung the remaining pack rat in cage from the porch. Fringe and Cazie are trying to figure out how to get it down.
First pack rat prisoner of 2011. A young male.
Captured pack rats since the opening of Lazy C Prison
2008: 17 rats
2009: 10 rats
2010: 9 rats
2010: 1 so far
This pack rat has a bot fly (Cuterebra sp.) larva on its chest between its front legs. See the tubular lump (warble) with a circular black scab breathing hole (warbl epore).