Stop 6: Under ledges and rocks in this area, you may see piles of twigs, grasses, and dark elongated pellets. These signs reveal the home, or midden, of a pack rat. The White-throated and the Mexican Woodrat are found in Bandelier. Both species are renowned for their habit of collecting plant materials and many shiny objects to hoard in a protected home. Packrats, like many rodent occupants of arid environments, get all their water from succulent plant consumption. These wily herbivores are active year-round and are most active and visible at dawn or dusk.
Last updated: January 15, 2022