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Pack rats
Temporal range: Late Miocene – Recent
Neotoma cinerea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Neotominae
Tribe: Neotomini
Genus: Neotoma
Say & Ord, 1825

The Pack rat, which is also called Wood rat or Trade rat, is a rodent of one of several species in the genus Neotoma. Very often, people mean the Bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea). Packrats are common in the deserts and highlands of the western United States and northern Mexico. They are smaller than a usual (Old World) rat, and usually have long, sometimes bushy tails. They are also not related to the rat, other than also being a rodent.