Sumichrast’s Vesper Rat, Nyctomys sumichrasti

Sumichrast’s vesper rat (Nyctomys sumichrasti) can be found in a range that extends from southern Mexico into Panama. It is an arboreal rodent, an odd occurrence in nature, preferring to build nests out of leaves and twigs in the trees. It is most active at night, making it a nocturnal rodent. The main diet of this rat consists of plant materials such as figs and avocados.

Sumichrast’s vesper rat can have an average body length of up to 5.1 inches, and tail length between 3.3 and 6.1 inches. It is brightly colored pinkish brown on its back and sides with a white underbelly. Each foot bears a first toe that is thumb-like which serves to grip twigs.  The IUCN has given Sumichrast’s vesper rat a conservation status of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Image Caption: Sumichrast’s Vesper Rat, Nyctomys sumichrasti. Credit: Edward R. Alston/Wikipedia