Common Name: Allegheny Woodrat or Pack Rat
Scientific Name: Neotoma floridana
Habitat: Rockslides, cliffs, rocky ledges, and caves at high elevations.
Diet: Herbivorous—including fruits, especially berries of dogwood, blackberry, cherry, and mountain ash, as well as fungi, fern, and other vegetation that it encounters.
The mysterious decline of Allegheny woodrat populations throughout eastern North America has been the focus of much research in recent years. In Pennsylvania, there are only a few known sites where woodrat dens persist. As yet, none of the theories explaining this native rat’s diminished populations has been proven.