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Skull Rock Trail

Wood Rats

pack rat hole in Joshua Tree on Skull Rock nature trail
Wood rats (Neotoma sp.) are attracted to shiny, metallic objects but will frequently drop them to pick up something brighter. Three different native species occur here, All build untidy-looking nest of Joshua tree bark, cactus spines, cholla stems, and anything else they can find. Look for their homes under trees and cacti, or in rock piles. In summer, wood rats emerge only at night. In cooler weather, they forage in the day for greens and shrub seeds.

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