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Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.
A pair of new studies from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University, and the University of Nevada Reno look at the surprising variety of factors that prevent two closely related species of woodrats from becoming a single hybrid species despite the existence of hybrid individuals where the two species come into contact.
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How rodents survive arms race with toxic plants they eat.
The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat.
The bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) is also known as the packrat or the woodrat. It is native to the United States and Canada. Its range extends from arctic Canada south to northern Arizona. It also extends to the far eastern portions of Nebraska and the Dakotas. It is able to live in many types of habitats from deserts to boreal forests, but it prefers to live in rocky areas like cliffs or rocky fields, and it can also be found in abandoned mines or buildings. It will inhabit open...
The white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula) can be found in a range that extends from Central Mexico in the South to Colorado and Utah in the North. Its western range extends from Texas to southeastern California, but it does not occur in the eastern areas of the United States. Populations of these rats occurring east of the Rio Grande in New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas are classified as the white-toothed woodrat. The white-throated woodrat holds fifteen subspecies that occur throughout...