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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 - Body 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.