• Litter Size: 1-3 young per litter
• Gestation Period: 30-37 days
•Typical Foods: plant material
•Ohio Status: Endangered
The Allegheny woodrat can weigh up to a pound and is roughly the size of a gray squirrel. They measure approximately 8 inches long not including their tail. The body is brownish-gray in color and the undersides and feet are white. Unlike other rats, the tail of the Allegheny woodrat is completely covered with hair. The tail is blackish gray above and white underneath.
Habitat and Habits
Allegheny woodrats typically occur in rocky areas associated with mountain ridges such as cliffs, caves, and rocky fissures. They venture out at night to forage for food in sparsely vegetated areas on the rock outcrops.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Under ideal conditions, woodrats can produce three litters a year. They build their nests in the rock crevices, constructing them from shredded bark and leaves.