Animals Mistaken for Rats

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  • We have native species of rodents that are called rats, like the Bushy Tailed Wood rat and the Ord's Kangaroo rat that are beneficial species and should not be considered a detrimental rat.
  • Other animals often misidentified as rats include the following:
Red Squirrel - Body approximately 18 cm long.
Richardson Ground Squirrel - Body approximately 25 cm long with tiny ears, large eyes, and bushy tail.
Pocket Gopher - Body approximately 15 cm long. Note cheek pouches and claws, with short tail.
Muskrat - Bod approximately 30 cm long. Note large toe nails on hind feet.
Wood Mouse - Body approximately 8 cm long. Big ears, big eyes, long and thin tail.
Vole - Body approximately 10 cm long. Small ears, big eyes, short tail.
Bushy Tailed Wood Rat - Body approximately 20 cm long. Big ears, bushy tail.

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This information published to the web on May 30, 2013.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 7, 2016.